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Hacienda Tranquila Bio Station

Geovanny Sarigu, La Casa verde, San Cristobal, Galapagos

Volunteering Types:
Children´s activities, communications, marketing, planning and management, Environmental, business, Turism, Forest management, Outside work, Ngo

At Hacienda Tranquilo, volunteers work in a controlled plot of land to eliminate introduced/invasive plant species and to restore native and endemic species, growing the plants first in a greenhouse, and then transplanting them to their permanent locations.

Volunteers also assist in community projects, such as burying a new water pipeline for the local community. In addition, they mentor children from INFA, working with them in hippo-therapy, gardening, environmental education, and fieldtrips to the Hacienda Bio station.

This is the only project in the Galapagos islands that works in environmental, community and social work. The biological station opened on San Cristobal in 2005. Since its inception, the station field house and a nursery have worked in the development of reforestation, habitat re-composition, and agro forestry activities. In virtue of this, one of the objectives of this station is to develop methodological practices for natural system reconstruction that will serve as a model for similar projects in other reserves.

Volunteers have begun reforestation work with Hacienda Tranquila employees, replacing exotic invasive plants with native species and also doing social work with organizations such as the Instituto Nacional del Nino y la Familia (INFA) in Hippo-Therapy, and to promote environmental conservation among young children from the island as well as motivate community members to plant local, rather than introduced vegetation.

Future plans include the construction of a native plant corridor, from the dry forest portion of the reserve below to the moist forest above. Reforestation with native plants will be emphasized in the Plant Production Center, which is currently being built. Hacienda team members are always on-hand for assistance and guidance in volunteer projects.

Contact Information:
Phone: 593-5-252-1732
E-mail: haciendatranquila(at)

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