Tourists swim at Tortuga Bay beach in the Galapagos. Ecuador needs tourism dollars, but at what cost? Photo: AFP

Why Galapagos Islands turn away tourists: to safeguard ecosystems that are ‘the crown jewel’

Ecuadorean authorities limit visitor numbers in the pristine archipelago to preserve its unique fauna and flora. But it’s a tough ask for a country whose economy is reliant on hard-currency earnings and looking to increase tourism

Topic |   Conservation

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Tourists swim at Tortuga Bay beach in the Galapagos. Ecuador needs tourism dollars, but at what cost? Photo: AFP
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