Galapagos News


Can Regenerative Tourism Save the Galapagos?

A regenerative tourism conference convened earlier this month in Puerto Ayora by Cambridge University and Galapagos National Park set out to outline a new model of tourism in the Galapagos, one that will become a powerful force for conservation and community building.

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UNESCO World Heritage Committee Once Again Sounds the Alarm Over Galapagos Tourism Growth

In its 2023 State of Conservation Report, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has once again voiced its concern over tourism growth in the Galapagos Islands and has renewed its called upon the government of Ecuador to fulfill its commitment to implement a zero-growth tourism strategy for the islands and to address the issue of land-based tourism growth.

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IGTOA Calls Upon Ecuador to Implement Zero Growth Galapagos Tourism Policy

In a recent letter to Mauricio Efraín Baus Palacios, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Ecuador to UNESCO, IGTOA called upon the government of Ecuador to honor the commitment it made in 2017 to implement a zero growth Galapagos tourism policy and to regulate land based tourism as effectively and carefully as ship based tourism is regulated.

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Don't Miss IGTOA’s 2023 Member Meeting this October in the Galapagos!

IGTOA will hold its annual member meeting at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora on October 13 and 14. This will be our first member meeting in the Galapagos since 2017. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the work IGTOA is doing, meet with local conservation leaders and IGTOA partners, and visit some of the projects we supported in 2023 and see firsthand how your support is making a difference. 

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Ecuador’s Record Breaking Debt-for-Nature Swap to Provide $450 Million in Galapagos Conservation Funding through 2041

Things are looking a little rosier for the Galapagos Islands after Ecuador announced last week that it had negotiated a deal with Credit Suisse to buy back $1.6 billion of its debt at a 60% discount.

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IGTOA Awards Over $110,000 in Grants to Support Galapagos Conservation

This month, IGTOA awarded $113,000 to six organizations working on the frontlines of Galapagos conservation, education, and community activism. 

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When Is the Best Time to Visit the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands have two, distinct seasons; each with its own set of benefits. When should you visit? Read these tips.

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Packing for a Galapagos Adventure, Part I: Clothing

Bringing the right clothing along when traveling to the Galapagos Islands can help you have the best experience possible. Use this packing list. 

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Packing for a Galapagos Adventure, Part II: Shore Landings and Documents

Packing for a Galapagos trip? Here is a comprehensive list of the travel documents you’ll need and the shore-landing items you’ll want to have handy. 

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IGTOA Launches Fundraiser for the Community Library in Puerto Ayora

The community library in the town of Puerto Ayora is a critical community resource and it needs our help! 

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