The Galàpagos Islands are described by UNESCO as “a living museum and showcase of evolution”. Land based tours of the islands are now an increasingly popular alternative to traditional cruises. Find out why.
For most, mention of the Galápagos conjures up images of giant tortoises lumbering across the volcanic landscape. But five of these islands are also inhabited by a soaring human population; government workers, fisherman, tour operators, teachers, refugees from the mainland, dreamers and scientists who all call the Galápagos home. 25,000 of them.
Nearly 40% of Ecuadorians live in rural areas where poverty rates are double those in urban centres. Since access to often impossible, how will rural Ecuador break this cycle?
Whilst visiting the Galapagos for work trip in late 2014 I discovered some astounding plans for development.
Life on San Cristobal Island continues, completely oblivious to the rest of the world.