Category Archives: Tourism Ecotourism

Summit to Consider New Ecotourism Model for Galapagos Islands

QUITO – The Ecuadorian government has inaugurated the first Sustainable Tourism Summit, a gathering in which participants will discuss a new ecotourism development model for the Galapagos Islands. Environment Minister Marcela Aguiñaga said representatives of several public institutions are meeting … Continue reading

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Galapagos Islands Environment Controversy

Portions translated from El Universal The decision to remove Galapagos Islands from UNESCO’s endangered list has created a controversy with other environmental organizations concerned about the well being of the island’s ecosystem. Yesterday, the International Union for Conservation of Nature … Continue reading

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Postcard from The Galapagos…

By Stephan Küffner Source : Time Hikers admire the view from the Caldera Rim of the Chico Volcano, Sierra Negra, Isabela Island January 2009. Juan Carlos Munoz / NPL If you roam Isabela, the largest of Ecuador’s fabled Galápagos Islands, … Continue reading

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Noroviruses Identified as Common Cause of Travelers’ Diarrhea

Important reading for all Hoteliers and Travelers alike. RH Check details on my other blog 0°00’00” Latitude South

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Galapagos – The Last Tourists to See it Before it Disappears

By: P.Ling on 08 30, 2009 In 1535, Tomás de Berlanga, the Bishop of Panama, accidently discovered the Galápagos Islands. 300 years later, in 1835, 26-year old Charles Darwin landed up in Galápagos, and that led to the ’Origin of the Species.’ But evolution took a … Continue reading

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5 Things About the Galapagos Islands

Even if your ship is classified a luxury vessel, it will be much smaller than it appears in the brochure. You can book a cabin away from the engine room, but it then will be next to the anchor. Either … Continue reading

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Galapagos – See it Before it Disappears: Reconciling and Regulating Disaster Tourism

Carissa Bluestone, 27 Aug 09 In 2007 The New York Times wrote a snarky piece on disaster tourism. “Vanishing” was the watchword that year as the media compiled must-see lists of disappearing landscapes and publishing companies raced to put out … Continue reading

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To Tour or Not to Tour—Should An Environmentalist Visit the Galapagos?

by Brian Merchant, Brooklyn, New York From a die-hard ecologist’s standpoint, the unequivocal answer is simple: No. Tourism invites hordes of people to trample over the delicate island ecosystems, the ever-growing industry attracts migrant workers to join an already unsustainable … Continue reading

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Ecoventura becomes First Carbon Neutral operation in Galapagos

In 2006, Ecoventura became the first Carbon Neutral operation in Galapagos (and Ecuador). Carbon emissions from the company’s four yachts (and offices including business travel) are reduced, then offset by a portfolio of projects through US-based company Native Energy Travel … Continue reading

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How Safe and Effective Are Sunscreens?…Important to consider when visiting Galapagos

Environmental Working Group Sees Improvements, but Still Gives Industry Low Marks By Kathleen Doheny WebMD Health News Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD July 2, 2009 — Sunscreens are improving, but three of five brand-name products either don’t protect the skin … Continue reading

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