The Royal Palm Galapagos family are custodians of one of the last remaining natural island eco-systems in the world. Every day we strive to operate in a more sustainable way to bring you the maximum in comfort, with the least impact on our environment.
We try to use our own natural resources as much as possible by using food which grows in our property including grapefruit, lemons, bananas, limes, avocados, celery, carrot, broccoli, spinach, tomato, chive, cilantro, and more.
Although the Islands are surrounded by water, freshwater is scarce and there is no piped-water supply to the highlands. To reduce our reliance on desalinated water generated by diesel fuel, we have our own rainwater reservoir with filters and storage which greatly reduces our reliance on deliveries of freshwater by road.
One of our most popular programs is the reforestation project or “Plant-a-Tree program” here on the estate which is one of the few places where the rare Miconia plant thrives. Guests are invited to clear a small patch of ground, prepare the soil and plant a young tree of an endemic species on the Royal Palm Estate. In return, we will make a plaque with your choice of wording which you can locate by your tree.
Social responsibility is not just about the land and environment; supporting the local community is a powerful way of ensuring the future protection of the Galapagos.
As these islands move toward a sustainable society, Royal Palm has invested in improving a local school in the nearby small rural town of Santa Rosa; has supported the development of a gastronomy elective at the main high school, held fundraising events for local projects and encouraged arts and culture through our Artist-in-Residence project.
We are very aware of the responsibility we have to contribute to keeping this pristine paradise safe and to help build a sustainable future with the people who call these Islands “home.”