What our mindful travelers have to say

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Photo credit: Jeremy R.

I wanted to swim with a whale shark, but do it responsibly. I did exactly that. 

It’s really weird how shows like Blue Planet expose us to the existence of such wonders, but there’s an element of the profound, of overwhelming connection being there in the presence of such an animal, in quiet weightlessness, 60 feet underwater.

Other highlights:

  • Surfacing at Darwin Island with a pod of dolphins, who decided to put on a show
  • Insanely fun, intense drift diving at Wolf Island with a school of hundreds of hammerhead and Galapagos sharks—this was so fun we did it a second time!
  • Swimming with marine iguanas, sea lions, giant sea turtles, and a penguin on a single dive at Isabela Island
  • Walking with giant Galapagos tortoises
  • Jonathan Greene’s and Jenny Whack’s commentaries on conservation and the Whale Shark’s place in the ecosystem

Hilary from Yugen Earthside did a great job working with me to find the right experience.

Jeremy R., fixed-departure trip

Diving with Scientists in the Galapagos

Douro Valley, Portugal

We had a great hike in Douro valley, all the accommodations were perfect, and the people we met were so nice. In every place we stopped we had great hotel rooms and a pool to rest after a day hiking (mostly up). Especially Quinta do Portal was really excellent and had the best chef and meals we have ever had in Portugal. Thank you!

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Joanna R., self-guided holiday

Heart & Soul of Douro Valley

Delhi & Agra, India

Taj Mahal in India

Attentive, thoughtful, helpful, reactive… just AWESOME!

I booked a custom 3-day, 2-night tour of Delhi & Agra for my first trip to India. I only wish I had more time to spend exploring! Hilary (Yugen team) and Gaurav (local guide) were super accommodating and helped me make the most of my short time in India.

The transportation was super convenient. From airport pickup to drop-off, a driver or guide accompanied me at all times. Since it was a short trip, I could do/see more with the guided private trip than I would have been able to do on my own.

For accommodations, I stayed with a local family who provided authentic breakfast & filtered water so that I didn’t need to use plastic water bottles! They were very kind and welcoming.

Overall, it was a great experience that felt authentic. I strongly recommend booking a guided trip with Yugen Earthside to others, especially those who have not tried this type of travel before.

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Karl N., private guided trip, customized

Golden Triangle Cultural Tour

What our sustainable partners have to say

Thankfully the global demand for sustainable and responsible travel is increasing, and we are delighted that Yugen Earthside is helping to promote the right kind of travel that benefits the communities and ecosystems of our planet.

Tour Operator

with trips in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Eurasia, South Asia, East Asia


We are very pleased to have found Yugen Earthside. We are impressed with their commitment to and passion for sustainable tourism. They are very thorough about the dimensions involved to promote sustainability in tourism. We are glad to work in partnership with YE.

Tour Operator

with trips in South Asia


I firmly believe that travel should be a safe and rewarding experience for all concerned, including the destinations that you visit and the people you meet. Being part of this sustainable travel platform will be the best way to build a community of sustainable tour operators and a fantastic opportunity to maximize our collective impact on the tourism industry.

Tour Operator

with trips in Europe

I’m excited to connect with a platform that actively promotes sustainable trips. We all believe in taking care of the destinations we visit, and coming together in one place helps operators and our guests make a greater difference. A platform like this is truly needed.

Tour Operator

with trips in Eurasia, the Middle East, & Africa

We spoke to the team at Yugen Earthside and immediately felt a resonance in our thoughts towards sustainability. With common goals to work for, we are happy to be working together and hope to drive a future of sustainability for travelers from across the globe. Best wishes for the YE team.

Tour Operator

with trips in South Asia

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As a sustainable travel company, one of our goals is to serve all responsible travelers around the world. Being part of a platform like Yugen Earthside, where we are sharing the same goals regarding sustainability, will enable our company to serve all the responsible travelers out there and achieve our goals.

Tour Operator

with trips in Africa


I’m so excited for Yugen Earthside […] filled with companies all working towards the same mission to make travel sustainable. An incredible vision, bringing together like-minded people to make a collective difference.

Tour Operator with trips in Africa