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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: After three years no resolution in the death of U.S. expat

Valerie de la Valdene, a world-class underwater photographer, died in the Galapagos in 2014. Authorities ruled it a suicide, but friends and family believe there’s more to the story.

By Jim Wyss (Miami Herald)

It has been three years since Valerie de la Valdene, a 47-year-old Palm Beach native and underwater film-maker, met an ugly death on one of the world’s most beautiful islands: the Galapagos.

In the ensuing years, her father, Tallahassee-based author and naturalist Guy de la Valdene, has been trying to solve the riddle of her demise. He’s convinced his daughter was murdered, even as local officials initially ruled her death a suicide.

But as the case has dragged on with little progress, Guy says he’s found himself focused on a more heartbreaking task: recovering his daughter’s head. Read Full Article

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Anger against tourist posting pictures on social networks, touching animals on Galapagos Islands

METRO ECUADOR (MACHINE TRANSLATED) Anger on social networks for tourist who touched and kissed animals in Galápagos displaying pictures on instagram. In the account in Instagram of the tourist @welcomadventure have been published the images that have indignado to users of the networks in Ecuador. Through the social networks have circulated photographs of a Russian […]

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Galapagos Islands Ecuador: Land Based options for tourism

NYTIMES.COM / The Galápagos Islands, with their gorgeous scenery, unparalleled and rare wildlife unafraid of humans, and paramount historical and scientific importance, were once a place you saved for years to see, a splurge that made a ski trip to Aspen look positively cheap in comparison. The only way to visit was by cruise ship, […]

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Galapagos Islands: Sharkiest Place on the Planet

Monitoring sharks in the mid-Pacific: a journey to the sharkiest place in the world Posted by Florencia Cerutti of Charles Darwin Research Station in Sciencetelling Stories on June 9, 2017 The Darwin Arch. Credit: Patricia Marti Puig/Charles Darwin Foundation voices.nationalgeographic.com A long-dreamed opportunity for any biologist, I finally found my way to the Galápagos Islands […]

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Galapagos Islands: Catamaran Yacht Sinks, 24 people rescued

elcomercio.com reported that twenty-four people were rescued from a catamaran yacht that sank in the Galápagos. 15 passengers and 9 crew members from the Queen of Galápagos are reported to be safe and in good health. The event unfolded at on Friday June 9th, 2017 at 01:55 in the morning, the vessel had an emergency […]

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Peru: Galapagos Tortoises seized in route to Lima on bus

Nearly three dozen Galapagos tortoises considered vulnerable to extinction will return to Ecuador after being rescued in Peru from alleged traffickers, the Galapagos National Park said. Peruvian wildlife authorities found 29 small tortoises—two of them dead—in a cardboard box on a bus on its way from northern Peru to Lima. Officials made the discovery while […]

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Galapagos Islands: Six Tourists Rescued After Being Trapped by Intense Rains

Ecuavisa.com reported six tourists who were lost at the height of Puerto Chino, on the island of San Cristóbal, were rescued on the afternoon of March 23 by members of the National Police and San Cristóbal Fire Department. The ECU 911 reported that intense rainfall caused a strong current in this sector. Citizens were trapped […]

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Galapagos Islands: Two Missing Tourists Found Safe

The two tourists (Ecuadorian mother and son) who have been missing in the Galápagos Islands since Wednesday, were found alive this morning (Friday). They were discovered in a turtle nesting zone on Santa Cruz Island. Rangers followed fresh footprints to locate the pair. Mother and son were taken by helicopter to Puerto Ayora where they […]

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Some Common Questions about Visiting the Galapagos Islands Ecuador

travelpulse.com,Manuel Patino/Some of the common questions that we received from people around the globe when they want to come to Galapagos Islands. We hope to help you answer the questions of your customers. Because there are many questions, we split them into three posts. These are the first group of questions: 1. From where can […]

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Galapagos Islands Ecuador: Missing Tourist Found Dead

TOURIST VACATIONING IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS FOUND DEAD eluniverso.com reported that 62-year-old Othmar Lauber went missing last week on San Cristobal Island. The deceased was located in an area known as Las Negritas *Cerro Las Negritas) Authorities have not determined the cause of death. Mr. Lauber from Switzerland was visiting the Galapagos Islands with a […]

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Galapagos Islands Ecuador: Tourist from Switzerland Missing, Search is on

San Cristobal Galapagos Islands Ecuador eluniverso.com reported that the The Captainship of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and the Naval Base of San Cristóbal are looking for a Swiss tourist reported missing since Sunday on the island of San Cristobal de Galapagos. The foreigner has been identified as Othmar Lauber, 62. Reyna Luisa Lauber, a relative of […]

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Ecuador to increase conservation efforts in the Galapagos

telesurtv.net reported the Ecuadorean government signed a 25-year deal to boost scientific research and environmental conservation in the Galapagos Islands. A new 25-year cooperation deal has been signed between the Charles Darwin Foundation and Ecuadorian government that will strengthen crucial scientific research and conservation efforts in the Galapagos archipelago. The agreement, signed Thursday in Santa […]

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Galapagos Islands: Wind Turbines Helping Reduce Diesel Use on Islands

phys.org reported a global renewable energy project on the Galapagos Islands—one of Earth’s most fragile and important ecological treasures—has helped avoid many tanker loads worth of risky diesel fuel imports since 2007, reduced the archipelago’s greenhouse gas emissions and preserved critically endangered species. Now, after eight successful years, the project’s new operators are pursuing an […]

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Galapagos Islands, First Bird Extinction recorded

natureworldnews.com reported the Galapagos has long been a sanctuary for long-lost creatures, but a newly discovered but extinct bird species marks a change in the idyllic landscape. According to a California Academy of the Sciences (CAL) press release sent to Nature World News, a study published in the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution revealed that […]

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Galapagos Islands: Number of visitors up five percent in first half of 2015

elmercurio.com.ec reported Tourism in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands grew by five percent in the first half of this year compared with the record of visits in the same period of 2014, it was reported. A report by the Galapagos National Park and the Tourism Observatory of the islands points out that between January and June this […]

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Galápagos Islands: Sea Lion Behavior Differences in Relation to Human Exposure

Galápagos Sea Lion Behavior Differences in Relation to Human Exposure Connor Piechota, Kevin Watson, & Ryan Fuxa College of Saint Benedict/ Saint John’s University Abstract Our study examined the behavioral differences of the Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) in relation to human presence . Our main goal was to determine whether sea lions would be […]

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: Protest against foreign investment in hotels, golf courses

theecologist.org / Galápagos rebellion against foreign investment in hotels, golf courses, luxury tourism Residents of Ecuador’s Galápagos islands are mounting angry protests against government plans to open the World Heritage Site to foreign investment in luxury tourism and hotels, writes Jane Shaw. They fear for the fragile ecology of the islands, for water shortages caused […]

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Galapagos Islands Ecuador: Greg Norman to Design 18 hole golf course

THESOHOLOFT.COM reported nestled on a secluded mountaintop is Paradiso, while the exquisite Villas and Resort in Darwin Bay is situated on the pristine sandy shores fronting the bay. The world-renowned Campbell Gray Hotels will operate these private, massive, awe-inspiring residential villas. The Galapagos Islands project features a holistic Spa facility with state-of-the-art amenities, an 18-hole […]

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Galapagos Islands Ecuador: Protesters take over San Cristobal runway at airport

Ecuadorinmediato.com reported that on Monday June 8, 2015, citizens gathered in the Galapagos Islands to demonstrate against measures from the national government of Ecuador. 250 members of President Correa’s political party Alianza PAIS disagreeing with measures taken by the government, burned flags and t=shirts. They also renounced their membership of the ruling party and threatened […]

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Parasitic Fly on the Galapagos Islands probably from Mainland Ecuador

eurekalert.org…Philornis downsi is a parasitic muscid fly that is native to mainland South America. Decades ago, it was accidentally introduced to the Galápagos Islands, where it harms Darwin’s finches and other land birds. Females lay eggs inside active bird nests, and then the resulting larvae feed on the nestlings. The first-instar larvae feed inside the […]

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Galapagos Islands: Price of Transit Control Card increases to $20.00

vistazo.com reported starting this March 1, entered into force the new value of the Transit Control Card (TCT) to enter the Galapagos Islands, which will be $ 20. The measure was taken by the plenary of the Governing Council of the Special Regime Galapagos ordinary meeting of December last year, through a resolution that was […]

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Galapagos Islands: 9 detained with two tons cocaine, en route to Mexico

Connection with Sinaloa Cartel: The Office of Ecuador reported yesterday that two tons of cocaine found in a fishing sailing near the Galapagos Islands and had sailed a week of Manta port area in the west of the mainland of the country makes. The drug allegedly was bound for Mexico, informed the prosecution in his […]

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: Looming Food Shortage

elcomercio.com.ec reported the inhabitants of the Galapagos Islands did not receive 3400 tons per month of products, perishable and non-perishable, by decreasing cargo ships arriving from the mainland. This is estimated this Saturday, January 31, 2014, the governor of Galapagos, Jorge Torres. According to the authority, the normal supply of the islands should be about […]

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Ecuador/Galapagos Islands: British couple incurs 25,000 dollars in medical bills after bus crash

Couple velieved they were held hostage as they could not leave hospital until bill paid in full. dailymail.co.uk reported the couple made the 14-hour journey with Xavier’s mum, Teresa Houston, and brother, Dominic, on September 13 and weren’t due back until December. On September 27, they made the trip to Sierra Negra through the Coral […]

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Galápagos Islands: Charles Darwin Foundation Research Center may close, lack of funding

news.sciencemag.org reported a 50-year-old conservation organization dedicated to preserving the biodiversity hotspot that inspired Charles Darwin is about to fall off a financial cliff and could close before the end of the year. The Charles Darwin Foundation, based in Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands, has helped control goats, blackberries, and other invasive species while working to restore […]

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Espanola Galapagos Islands: Giant Tortoises population stable, danger of extinction over

bbc.com reported where once there were 15, now more than 1,000 giant tortoises lumber around Espanola, one of the Galapagos Islands. After 40 years’ work reintroducing captive animals, a detailed study of the island’s ecosystem has confirmed it has a stable, breeding population. Numbers had dwindled drastically by the 1960s, but now the danger of […]

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Llamaexpeditions.com: Custom Tours to Peru, Bolivia, Galapagos Islands

      Our Story I hatched the idea for Llama Expeditions over a home-cooked chicken dinner at close to 14,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes. I was on a backpacking trip with friends. Our group had hired a local campesino, Antonio, to carry our heavy items on his horse and mule. The first night […]

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Galapagos Islands: Five tourists injured in bus (chiva) accident

eluniverso.com reported ECU-911 system reported yesterday that five foreign tourists are recovered, two Englishmen, an American, a German and a Finn, injured in an accident on a bus type chiva in Isabela island, Galapagos, last Friday on the route of the Sierra Negra volcano. They were going with other 13 occupants: foreign driver, a guide […]

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Galapagos Islands acquires three air ambulances for medical evacuations

Andes.info.ec reported Hospital networks in the Galápagos Islands are now linked to the national health system with the inclusion of three aircrafts that allow the evacuation of critical patients, informed the Ministry of Health and Defense who have agreements for these type of programs. The two Bell helicopters, and the Súper King aircraft are equipped […]

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Ecuador removes moratorium on Galapagos Islands for new hotel construction

GOAL IS TO BOOST TOURISM ecuadortimes.net reported the Ecuadorian government lifted the hotel moratorium to build new infrastructure for tourist accommodation in the Galapagos Islands, said Tourism Minister, Sandra Naranjo. This decision “is part of a complete strategy. Galapagos needs to switch to a model of high quality and not high quantity of tourists”, Naranjo […]

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Galapagos Islands: Authorities close two beaches to tourism as result of ship accident

Vistazo.com reported…The “Galapaface I” ship ran aground in an area near Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of San Cristobal and the island province of Galápagos. Quito-the Ecuadorian authorities have suspended tourism activities on two beaches in San Cristobal Island, in the Galápagos archipelago, the risk posed by a cargo ship that ran aground there on May […]

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Galapagos Islands: Emergency Declared, Cargo Ship runs aground

Vistazo.com reported – Quito-Ecuador authorities declared emergency in the Galapagos Islands the presence, on the island of San Cristobal, a stranded vessel that “could result in environmental damage and an alteration to the fragile ecosystem”, said today the Galapagos special regime governing Council. Galapaface I, the Ecuadorian flag vessel, ran aground last Friday in Puerto […]

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Galapagos Islands: a natural history primer

theguardian.com reported that in 1929, Friedrich Ritter abandoned his wife and Berlin dental practice and eloped with his patient and lover, a married teacher named Dore Strauch, to Floreana in the Galápagos Islands, 1,000km west of Ecuador. The couple became minor celebrities, feted in the international press for their rugged individualism as they carved out […]

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First Tiger sharks in history of Galapagos Islands tagged

scoop.co.nz reported that the first Tiger sharks in history of Galapagos Islands tagged, including 4-meter female named Yolanda captured in Canal de Itabaca – 66 fish, 8 species tagged in total. The Galapagos National Park Directorate, Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth collaborated with OCEARCH to […]

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Scientists research in Galapagos Islands, impact of El Nino on global warming

the Ecuadoran archipelago are probing whether global warming is related to El Nino. There is not yet conclusive evidence of a link. But experts are very serious about the possibility that climate change is making El Nino — unusually warm water in the Pacific off the west coast of South America — more frequent and […]

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Galapagos Islands: some of the landscapes now on Google Street View

Have you thought of living in Ecuador? Read this book bbc.co.uk reported that Some of the striking landscapes of Ecuador’s Galapagos islands can now be explored online on Google Street View. The launch marks the 178th anniversary of the British scientist Charles Darwin’s visit, which inspired his theory of natural selection. The high-definition 360 degrees […]

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Galapagos Islands: National Police Strengthen Efforts Against Wildlife Trafficking

The National Police through the Police Command Zone 5 police control reinforces and strengthens security at the airport in Baltra, with the support of specialized dogs. The review of baggage in different airlines domestic and international flights are performed in order to avoid traffic and illegal transport of wildlife wildlife that threatens the World Heritage […]

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: Navy Seizes 537 Kilos of Cocaine North of Islands

From lainformacion.com on August 9, 2013- The Ecuadorian Navy seized 537 kilos of cocaine and arrested three people aboard a small motorboat in the northern waters of the Galapagos. The seizure was the result of coordinated efforts between the Ecuadorian Coast Guard Command and the U.S. Coast Guard. The boat was found 192 miles of […]

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Galapagos Islands Ecuador: missing British-Israeli tourist found dead

andes.info.ec reported that the lifeless body of English-Israeli tourist Thomas Berman was found Sunday by employees of the Galapagos National Park Service (DNPG) in the area known as “Cracks” in Puerto Ayora. The body was found by two rangers Mercer 118 meters leading to the sector, for the area of ​​Poza Salina, said a statement […]

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Galapagos Islands: struggle against invasive plant species

By accessing the Galapagos National Park nursery in Santa Cruz, a cool breeze keeps each floor arranged one after another in a constant dance. The most diverse shades of green leaves and stems exhibited in all sorts of shapes, sizes and textures. Each species is unique, so is looking to remain endemic or native Galapagos. […]

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New Species of Fish discovered in Galapagos Islands

Daniel Freire, 38, who is caught between swordfish and albacore, a rare fish “that looks like a snake” with wide head and flat something never before seen. Last year also found another strange fish and handed it to investigators. She took him to the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS), where they examined the animal and […]

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U.S. military intercepts 1,700 kilos of cocaine off coasts of Ecuador, Panama

The crew of a fleet of aircraft Customs and Border Protection (CBP, for its acronym in English) U.S. intercepted two boats in open waters carrying more than 1,700 kilos of cocaine worth more than $ 130 million. The CBP, based in Jacksonville (Florida), reported today that the seizure of the drug occurred in two separate […]

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Ecuador: German tourist may get four years prison in attempt to smuggle Iguanas from Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands – Ecuador German tourist Dirk Bender has been convicted of animal trafficking in a Quito court where he was accused of altering the ecosystem. The defendant could receive from two to four years in prison. Dirk Bender attempted to smuggle four iguanas from the Galapagos in July of 2013. Read Article

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Galapagos Islands: proposal of population limits to curb effects on ecosystem

The Galapagos Islands authorities seek to control birth through extra rules regent special law to prevent overcrowding and protect this natural World Heritage Site. Residents in these islands of Ecuador increased from 300 in 1950 to 25,000 in 2010, while about 30 years ago came to its shores around 20,000 visitors a year and in […]

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Galapagos Islands: checklist of known birds on islands per Charles Darwin Foundation

CDF Checklist of Galapagos Birds Gustavo Jiménez-Uzcátegui, David A. Wiedenfeld, F. Hernán Vargas, Howard L. Snell Last updated: 22 Nov 2012 Abstract This Checklist of Galapagos Birds includes a total of all 181 taxa reported from the Galapagos Islands. For each name, detailed information is provided: its Galapagos distribution in islands groups or bioregions generated […]

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Galapagos Islands now officially rid of used tire pollution

With the last shipment of 4400 tires made the evening and last night in San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Islands are free of the dangers that the accumulation of this waste is inadequate for both human health and fragile ecosystems of the islands. In an exercise that led the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) and counted […]

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Galapagos Islands: German arrested attempting to smuggle four Iguanas out of the Galapagos

The Ecuadorian authorities yesterday arrested German citizen Dirk Bender, who allegedly tried to smuggle from the Galapagos land iguanas Conoluphus four subcristatus, a species considered “vulnerable”, said today the Galapagos National Park (DNPG). For this reason a criminal judge in the Galapagos ordered the preventive detention of Bender. German tourist’s arrest occurred Sunday at the […]

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Galapagos Islands: One of a kind tortoise dies

The tortoise, known as the “Galapagos’ most eligible bachelor”, was notorious for his disinterest in the opposite sex and was believed to have been the last of the Geochelone abigdoni species. Understood to be around 100 years old, he was found dead by his keeper of 40 years, Fausto Llerena, on Sunday morning. Read Article

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Tourist rescued on Galapagos Islands, survived on liquid from cactus and insects

Drinking liquid cactus and eating insects survived for five days lost hiker Chilean Felipe Bravo, who today was found alive by rescuers Ecuador in the Galapagos Islands. Bravo had disappeared without a trace last Monday in Santa Cruz Island, when he moved alone, unaccompanied by a guide, mount the Puntudo sector, about 800 meters. Dr. […]

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Trail goes cold for missing tourist in Galapagos Islands

More than 65 people, a helicopter, search dogs and two boats are on the search operation of the tourist Chilean Felipe Bravo, who disappeared last Monday in the highlands of Santa Cruz in the heart of the Ecuadorian Galapagos archipelago. This was announced on Friday the address of the Galapagos National Park (GNP), which coordinates […]

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Tourist missing in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Chile’s Felipe Bravo, 28, was last seen on Monday June 11 at a restaurant in Bellavista in Santa Cruz Island, where his intention was frustrated because the lunch food was not ready. A taxi driver who transported the hiker said the young man had intended to go to Half Moon and Puntudo. Read Article

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Tourism wrecking the Galápagos Islands

Except, as even a glance around the harbour of Puerto Ayora, the main town on the island of Santa Cruz, will show you, it’s no longer pristine. A filmy slick of oil shines on the surface of the water where hundreds of boats wait to receive the next intake of tourists. And beyond is a […]

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Arthur Frommer’s post on development in the Galapagos

Call me naive, but I had thought the world as a whole was determined to keep the waters and islands of the Galapagos as unspoiled and undisturbed as possible. And although I was aware that “liveaboard” diving was practiced by small ships venturing into these sealife-rich waters, I somehow felt that the creation of resort […]

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32 Ecuadorians kicked out of the Galapagos Islands

For quite some time Ecuador has struggled with the issue of migration of Ecuadorians from the mainland to the Galapagos Islands. Much of this migration has been for the purpose of benefiting from the fact that the Galapagos is a cash cow the earning dollars from tourism. Below you will see a video regarding 32 […]

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Galapagos Islands: Airfares increase, shortage of supplies due to decrease in number of cargo ships operating

El Universo.com reported as described Mariana Barrera desperate situation that exists in the Galapagos. She has a distributor in San Cristobal. She said that prices “are through the roof” for about two weeks. “There is no rice, no sugar, we have no gas. We are without basic necessities, “said Barrera, who explained that” ships and […]

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U.S. Bombs from WWII destroyed on the Galapagos Islands

Ecuador will culminate today the destruction of eleven U.S. bombs from World War II, most of them of more than 200 kilos, which were found in 2010 by fishermen in the Galapagos Islands, the Ministry of Defence. The delegate of the Minister of Defense to destroy Galapagos pumps, Xavier Drouet, told Efe that exploded yesterday […]

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Galapagos Islands: Fishing Boat Detained Inside Reserve Area

According to ElComercio.com the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) reported this afternoon the detention of a fishing vessel, Fer Mary I, while finishing fishing operations inside the 20-mile area of the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR). Fer Mary I’s enrollment number is P-04-00608 and Manta is its port of registry. Officials say Galapagos sea rangers and […]

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Official of Galapagos National Park Released from Job, 3 People Suspended

According to ElComercio.com after an investigation into financial irregularities in the Galapagos National Park administration, Gaby Cisneros Ribero was fired for neglecting the protection of personal passwords for accessing the system of Registry Control. Furthermore, Eddie Navarrete was suspended for 30 days without pay. Finally, Sandra Cobos and Carmen Estela were suspended for 15 days […]

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: Sea Cucumber Fishing Season Delayed

According to GalapagosPark.org the Union of Fishing Cooperatives of the Galapagos (UCOOPEPGAL) asked for a delay in the start of the 2011 season of sea cucumber fishing. Fishermen are dealing with a scarcity of fuel in the Galapagos, which is necessary for small vessels where the sea cucumber processing happens. These vessels are prohibited from […]

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Ecuadorian Coast Guard Rescues Yacht of Foreigners Off Galapagos

According to Dirnea.org the Ecuadorian Coast Guard rescued a yacht, Y/P Albany (TN-01-00271) with 24 tourists, including 4 children, today, July 8th, near the Galapagos Islands. The National Maritime Authorities announced that foreigners from the United States, France, Germany, and citizens of Ecuador were passengers of the yacht. Officials say the yacht ran out of […]

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Ecuador: Correa Warns Galapagos Islands In Jeopardy, Illegal Migration

According to Cre.com.ec the administration of Rafael Correa is carefully watching the situation of illegal migration to the Galapagos Islands. On Friday June 3rd, President Rafael Correa announced that the environment of the Galapagos Islands would collapse if more illegal migration occurred. Officials announced the start of an investigation of residents in the Galapagos to […]

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Boat Sinks In Galapagos, Four Days of Clean-Up

According to ElUniverso.com last Thursday the vessel, San Juan III, sunk around 2 p.m. in the harbor of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz. The owner was transferring fuel from one boat to another and the ship became unbalanced and overturned. Within five minutes the boat sank spilling about 700 gallons of diesel. Officials say there were […]

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Ecuador, Ex-Judge Galapagos Arrested

According to Ecuavisa.com Byron Cornejo Coba was arrested for carrying a pistol without a permit in the Guayas province. In May of 2010 he was accused of extorting money, USD 10,000, from a Cost Rican captain for the release of his vessel. Allegedly there was video evidence. When arrested USD 1,000 was found on his […]

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President Correa To Send Reforms to Galapagos Law

According to Enlaceecudor.com President Rafael Correa of Ecuador will send a draft of amendments to the Law of Special Regiment for the Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Province of the Galapagos on the 15th of July to the National Assembly of Ecuador. Environmental Minister Marcela Aguinaga confirms this announcement. Aguinaga says that the law […]

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Ecuador, Galapagos to have first green airport

The Ecuadorian Government and the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DAC) signed today the agreement American Corporation to build the world’s first green airport on Baltra Island, Galapagos, which details the Agency Andes.The agreement was signed at a ceremony held in the Plaza San Francisco Santa Cruz Island, in the presence of President of the Republic, […]

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Galapagos authorities suspend construction of hotel

DPNG suspended construction of hotel At first the work was reported as a home and had permission from the municipality for its construction. Promoters Mauricio Ponce and Antonio Noboa Cartwight Ycaza, began construction of a work in Punta Estrada, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island Report as a home for what had municipal permits for this […]

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Honduras, clinic under investigation for exporting babies to Guatemala

The Public Ministry (MP) is investigating a clandestine clinic in Santa Barbara, to be trafficking newborns to “export” to Guatemala, where they are used for sale or for drug trafficking. Following a complaint by a mother who reported that three months ago gave birth to a child, and that was not delivered by staff working […]

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Dolphins in the Galapagos – Video

Outstanding Video of Dolphins in the Galapagos – however, should have left the tourists out of the video.

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Tsunami, Galapagos impact on HOtel Solymar (Video)

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Galapagos travel statistics

The park director of the Galapagos Islands reported the following information regarding visitors to the Galapagos in 2010. 173,296 visitors in 2010 – 6% increase over 2009. 61,574 visitors were Ecuadorian – 36% 46,093 visitors were from the U.S. – 27% 9,045 visitors were from the U.K. – 5% Other countries made up the rest […]

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Ecuador ships 6 tons of food and water to Galapagos, hit by tsunami from Japan quake

Ecuador’s national emergency department says it shipped the aid Monday to 260 families on Santa Cruz and San Cristobal islands whose fishing boats – and livelihood – were destroyed. Read Article

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Finch Bay Hotel severely damaged in Tsunami hit on the Galapagos Islands

New Zealand businessman Gareth Morgan thought he was safe from the Japanese tsunami at a beachside hotel in the Galapagos Islands, but his illusion was smashed by a three-metre wave. Mr Morgan and his wife, Jo, were kicking back at the Finch Bay Hotel on Santa Cruz Island when Friday’s quake struck. Read Article

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Galapagos Islands, Assessment of Damage from Tsunami

The Galapagos National Park Service has conducted a preliminary analysis of the the impact the tsunami has had on the protected area including tourist sites. The area in Santa Cruz for tortoise breeding has been closed due to damage. Many of the tortoises are being housed in a shelter. Most impacted areas: Southwest side of […]

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Ecuador, Galapagos, Tsunami Alert Status

UPDATE – MARCH 14, 2011 18:20 Ecuador government sends six tons of food and supplies to families who have lost their liveliehood. Also, it is reported that some hotels have received major damage. Read Article UPDATE – MARCH 13, 2011 14:34 GALAPAGOS DAMAGE ASSESSMENT UPDATE – MARCH 12, 2011 12:49 INOCAR – UPDATE The navy […]

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Spanish scientists assess the impact of invasive species in Galapagos

A team of Spanish researchers studied the impact of invasive species and shrub plants threatened the Galapagos Islands, to assess the loss of biodiversity in the Ecuadorian archipelago, reported the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain. Read Article

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