The Galapagos Islands is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 98% of its land territory under a conservation status.

Tourism in the Galapagos islands is under the “Ecotourism Model” approach, this means that all tourism activities should ensure:

  • Maximization of local participation and  equal distribution of benefits
  • Conservation on natural resources
  • Shared responsibility between stakeholders

The Galapagos Islands have been an icon for evolution and conservation since Charles Darwin arrived on the archipelago in 1835. The central island of the archipelago is Santa Cruz Island and is home to the largest town and also to unique species. The priority for the different institutions is to preserve this site as naturally as possible and allowing development to happen under the umbrella of sustainability. The city of Santa Cruz has been the leader on the islands in processes like recycling, environmental education, and programs of sustainable tourism through best practices.

The Galapagos Island vision was adapted and reinforced in 2015 with the Galapagos’ Plan for Sustainable Development and Land Use.

This destination participated in the 2019 Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards at ITB Berlin by submitting a sustainable tourism story. Keywords: ecotourism, sutainability