Galapagos Tourism

Galapagos tourism industry has been constantly expanding since 1970. Visitors to the Galapagos are reaching 180,000 per year.


Nature tourism or Ecotourism has become the most important source of income in the Galapagos. Every other activity in the Islands is closely related to the tourism business.

Today the town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz is an important tourism spot due to the beautiful surrounding beaches. It is also a place with a lot of commerce and trade.

More than 60 vessels from different travel companies are continuously transporting tourists to the Islands.

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The nature tourism system developed by the Galapagos National Park has been working very well until now.

There are 45 approved Galapagos Sites for visitors around the Islands. Most of these Sites have marked trails in order to protect the vegetation and unique wildlife.

Tourists should follow these trails and are required to be with a professional naturalist guide. Naturalist Guides are always sharing with visitors a high quality and educational experience in Galapagos.

The Galapagos Naturalists belong to the Galapagos National Park. These guides speak different languages, they are well trained and very professional.

Their main activity is to inform and share the wonders of Galapagos with visitors. Visitor groups should be no more than 16 visitors per naturalist guide.

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There are three categories of Naturalist Guides, defined by their education, preparation, experience, and the type of training course received.

Visitors to the Galapagos Islands are always amazed by the peace of the Islands and by its Friendly Wildlife

You can admire Galapagos Birds at close distances, swim between Sea lions and dolphins, and take pictures beside giant tortoises, but you are not aloud to feed any of the animals in Galapagos.

The Ecuadorian government has passed laws regarding Galapagos tourism and to protect its natural resources.

These laws are aimed to protect the marine and land ecosystems to preserve the evolutionary and ecological processes and to ensure a high quality educational experience for visitors.

The Charles Darwin Research Station is an important visitor's site. It is the place where you can see the Giant Galapagos Tortoise and learn how all the species in Galapagos are being preserved.

The approach of the research Station is to make the Galapagos Islands a living laboratory of evolution.

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The Galapagos is a natural paradise on Earth and is one of the most visited National Parks in the world.

Here you'll have the opportunity to enjoy stunning white sand beaches like the ones on Tortuga Bay in Santa Cruz Island, Ochoa in San Cristobal Island, Bahia Darwin in Genovesa Island, Espumilla in Marchena Island and Playa Negra in Floreana Island

In the Galapagos Islands you can observe endemic species of animals and exotic birds, walk around the unique Galapagos Flora and enjoy spectacular Scuba Diving Vacations surrounded by rich marine life.

Galapagos tourism industry is always evolving and increasing its demand. The Galapagos National Park with the aid of the Charles Darwin Research Station will have to be aware of the future changes and be technologically prepared for the new challenges.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides). Click to order from Amazon

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading!

There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.


Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands. Click to order from Amazon

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers.

Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!


Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in.

Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!


Moon Spotlight Galapagos. Click to order from Amazon

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier.

But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you.

Small, well-priced, and reliable!


Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table.

This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


If you have any questions about Galapagos Tourism, You can post them on our Galapagos FAQ Page and if you'd like to request more information about our recommended Galapagos Island Tours to explore this Archipelago, You can Contact us here

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