Galapagos News


Delivering a Letter to the Galapagos National Park

Last week, IGTOA board member Marc Patry of CNH  Tours delivered a letter from IGTOA to the director of the Galapagos National Park, Jorge Carrion, stating our organization's support for an across the board increase to the national park entrance fee. 

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Ecuador's Government Repeals New Austerity Measures Ending Nationwide Protests

An agreement between Ecuador's government and indigenous groups protesting new austere measures have come to an agreement that should end recent nationwide strikes.

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The Galapagos National Park Fee is Set to Increase: Here's Why it's a Good Idea

The Governing Council of Galapagos is working on a plan to increase the $100 per person visitor fee in 2020. While we don't yet know what the fee will increase to, there is a strong argument to be made that some sort of increase is long overdue. 

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IGTOA and Top Cruise Operators Launch Partnership to Support Galapagos Conservation

IGTOA's is pleased to announce its new Galapagos Traveler Conservation Fund Cruise Partner Program. Through it, IGTOA is partnering with some of the premiere cruise operators in the Galapagos Islands to provide funding to critical conservation initiatives in the islands. 

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Human Healing May Be Hiding in Galapagos Cormorant Wings

Researchers recently sequenced the Galapagos cormorant’s genome to find out how its flightlessness evolved. And in the process, they may have discovered how to develop treatments for people with skeletal genetic disorders.

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Controlling an Invasive Fly, with Help from IGTOA

If tests show that an alien, parasitic wasp is the natural enemy of a fly species that is now devastating populations of Galapagos birds, these non-natives could soon be introduced to the famed islands.

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Giant Tortoise DNA Holds Clues to Human Longevity

The famous Galapagos giant tortoise Lonesome George died seven years ago. Today, however, he’s still teaching us about his now-extinct species. And in the process, he’s also instructing us on how we can live longer and disease-free lives.

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Rewilding Santiago Island with Land Iguanas

In one of the largest iguana reintroductions ever attempted, more than 1,400 Galapagos land iguanas were released on Santiago Island. Will rewilding work?

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Monumental Discovery: An Expedition Finds a Living Fernandina Giant Tortoise, Thought to Have Been Extinct for 100+ Years

A living Fernandina giant tortoise, a species thought to have gone extinct over a century ago, was found on Sunday.

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The 2018 Galapagos Visitor Statistic Are out and the News Isn't Good If You Are Concerned about Tourism Growth

Ecuador's Ministry of Tourism released 2018 visitor statistics for the Galapagos Islands a few days ago and the news isn't good for those of us who are concerned about tourism growth.

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