The Galapagos Islands are world famous for their incredible fearless and unique wildlife. Here you can swim with sea lions, float eye to eye with a marine turtle, stand next to a blue footed booby feeding its young, watch a giant tortoise close by in its natural habitat and try to avoid stepping on iguanas scurrying over the lava.
This unique ecosystem has developed in a fascinating volcanic setting, giving the islands a haunting beauty all its own. The Galapagos Islands are a dream destination for wilderness and wildlife enthusiasts where you can actually experience natural history.
While for many years the only way to discover the Galapagos Islands has been on a cruise, now you can combine a comfortable hotel stay on one or several of the islands with day tours into the national park as well as the marine reserve. Trained national park guides will share their knowledge on the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands with you and guide you to the best spots to meet the wildlife.
Earthquake in Ecuador
First of all we would like to thank you for your sympathy, as we have received many messages of concern asking about the current situation.
Saturday April 16th, a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck coastal Ecuador that seriously affected some coastal cities while in the Andes this event was felt with less intensity and the Galapagos Islands were not affected.
We can confirm that all members of Responsible Travel and it´s different departments and their families as well as all our guests are well. Our guests in Ecuador and on the Galapagos Islands will continue with their scheduled itineraries and all Ecuadorean airports are back to regular operations except the airport in Manta which is currently open only to receive flights with humanitarian aid.
The epicenter of the earthquake has been at the northern coast in the area of Pedernales, Esmeraldas, Portoviejo and Manta. As so often, also this time unfortunately the main affected people have been the poor living in badly constructed houses which did not resist the force of the shivering earth. The affected areas are receiving a lot of support, from inside and outside the country. We all hope there will be no more victims and that people can soon start to reconstruct their lives.
It is in times like this that a country like Ecuador needs local industries such as tourism more than ever, as tourism is one of the few industries that has a high benefitting effect in the country; providing employment and economic stability and thus wellbeing to a country that is recovering from the biggest natural disaster it has struck for many decades.
New fees apply in Ecuador and Galapagos
Due to the opening of the new Quito Airport from February 20 2016 new airport taxes apply: US$ 17,27 per person for national flights and US$ 54,66 per person for international flights.
The local Government of Isabela Island has informed that from March 21 2016 on all international passengers visiting Isabela Island as part of a cruise in Galapagos have to pay a new fee (tasa de uso de muelle) of US$ 20 per person.Furthermore the new Galapagos ecological airport on Baltra Island started its operations on March 25 2016. According to ECOGAL (Ecological Airport Galapagos in Baltra) from April 04th therefore a new increase in Airport taxes will apply; the new airport tax will be US$ 30 per person for international travelers.
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