Pros and cons of tourism in the Galapagos

Posted By: Michael Kerr at Feb 12, 2009 Posted in: Travel , The Window Seat

Perhaps Andrew Marr (Darwin’s Galapagos islands under threat from tourism) should have spoken sooner about the threat to the Galapagos Islands. As early as last summer, before the Darwin commemorative caravan really got rolling, it was clear that this year was going to be one of the busiest ever for tourism there. Visitor numbers, which have risen from 41,000 in 1991 to more than 160,000 a year, are expected to reach 180,000 this year. The human population has risen similarly over the past 20 years, to more than 40,000. Many recent arrivals have been working illegally, and the Ecuadorean government has begun sending them back to the mainland.

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About Rene

About Ecuador, Galápagos, the Hospitality & Tourism industry, Conservation and personal Tidbits from a Swiss Hôtelier working in Ecuador & Galapagos and committed to supporting and encouraging local youngsters in Education, Sports and Environmental protection via my Foundation "Nova Galápagos."
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