Threatened Galapagos Considers Limiting Visitors

Travel Blog  •  Jim Benning  •  10.10.08 | 12:26 PM ET

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We noted last year that UNESCO added the Galapagos to a list of endangered places, citing a sharp rise in tourists, as well as migrants seeking work in tourism. Now, the Los Angeles Times reports that the Ecuadorian government has begun sending migrants back to the mainland, and it’s considering a management plan that could limit the number of visitors to the islands “with strategies such as raising the entrance fee for foreigners to $300 or more from $100.”

Of course, if the global economy tanks, places like the Galapagos could see a big drop in visitors.

What’s more, there’s plenty else to see in Ecuador, including newly renovated Quito and Cuenca.

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