Tourism wrecking the Galápagos Islands

Posted on June 10, 2012 • Filed under: Ecuador, Enviromental Issues, Galapagos Islands, TRAVEL

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 large town, a mess of shanty suburbs and half-finished hotels. The ground water is contaminated and there’s no proper sewerage. Dozens and dozens of Toyota pickups wait to ferry the tourists around. Read Article

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