Galapagos News


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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IGTOA Launches New Fundraiser to Help Galapagos Guides

In January, IGTOA provided Galapagos guides with over $26,000 in financial support, including vouchers for food and medicine, food baskets, and direct cash payments in order to help them weather the current economic crisis caused by the global pandemic. We are now launching another fundraiser to provide additional support.

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IGTOA and Its Member Companies Raise More Than $26,000 to Support Galapagos Guides

When tourism came to a crashing halt at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, hundreds of Galapagos guides were suddenly thrown out of work, with few other options available to support their families. That's why IGTOA and its member companies stepped in to help. 

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IGTOA Launches Fundraising Program to Help Galapagos Guides

The vast majority of people living in the Galapagos Islands directly or indirectly rely upon tourism for their livelihoods. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of Galapagos residents, including many naturalist guides, have lost their jobs with no means to support themselves and their families. That's why IGTOA, in conjunction with the Galapagos Guides Association, have launched a fundraiser to provide food and medical supplies to those guides that need them most. 

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Grant Status Report: $25,000 to Island Conservation for the Floreana Island Restoration Project

Earlier this year, IGTOA provided over $150,000 in grants to organizations working on the frontlines of Galapagos conservation. Recently, grant recipients were asked to provide an update on the status of the projects for which the grants were awarded.

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