Do you want to truly experience the Galapagos Islands?
Do you yearn for a meaningful and lasting experience on these magical islands - something more than snapping photos? Does living in a house in a small farming community appeal to you more than a boat or hotel full of tourists? Are you inspired to do honest work giving back to the Galapagos people and environment, or would you rather be like every other tourist - ignorantly disrupting the natural balance of the island?
If you prefer to be a run-of-the-mill tourist, Hacienda Tranquila is not for you - but don't worry, you are normal. On the other hand, if you do truly wish to experience the Galapagos, READ ON!!
What Is Hacienda Tranquila?
Hacienda Tranquila is where people go to help strengthen the human and natural communities of the Galapagos by day, and to soak up the cultural and natural beauty of the islands by night (and weekend).
Physically, Hacienda Tranquila is a 50 hectare plot of land located in the tiny 15 family farming community of La Soleadad on the island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos. The plot of land itself is extremely impressive, as it borders the national park and affords astounding views of the native forests of the Galapagos all the way down to the island's eastern and western shorelines. However, Hacienda Tranquila is so much more than a plot of land with a view.
Hacienda Tranquila is defined by the work its volunteers do to. Our mission is to strengthen the environment and community simultaneously. Virtually all volunteer programs in the Galapagos focus solely on the environment and neglect the problems of the people. The small number of organizations that do address social issues pay no attention to the environment. Hacienda Tranquila is different. We are the only project in the Galapagos that works with community, environmental, and social issues. Our volunteers tackle social and environmental issues as one.