From a die-hard ecologist’s standpoint, the unequivocal answer is simple:
Tourism invites hordes of people to trample over the delicate island ecosystems, the ever-growing industry attracts migrant workers to join an already unsustainable population which combined with the gaggle of visitors usurps the Galapagos’ limited resources. Not to mention the extensive fossil fuel-frying air travel you’ll most likely have to undertake to get here.
And yet—show me a naturalist who claims he wouldn’t love to see firsthand the rampant biodiversity that inspired Darwin, and I’ll show you a flaming-pants liar.
Herein lies our conflict.