Guidelines to Help Travelers Do The Galapagos Right; Mia Taylor; Travel Pulse

Ecuador – Galápagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands face many threats, among them climate change, deforestation, pollution and the introduction of invasive species.

The Galapagos Islands are an unforgettable destination thanks in large part to the incredible diversity of animals found there.

The isolated islands, a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, are home to many species that are found nowhere else. In fact, after visiting the islands in 1835 Charles Darwin famously said his observation of species there inspired the theory of evolution.

For all of these reasons and more, the Galapagos Islands, which were also the first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site, are an incredibly popular destination for travelers.

But the islands are also facing many threats, among them climate change, deforestation, pollution and the introduction of invasive species.

The Galapagos Conservation Trust has said that about 200,000 people visit annually and about 30,000 people are permanent residents on the islands. In addition, there are now hotels on the islands, which was not the case in decades past.

These hotels not only create cheaper options for travelers seeking to visit, thus leading to increased numbers of visitors, they also contribute to the introduction of invasive species, increased pollution and more.

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