The Galapagos Archipelago has been the subject of the science and conservation worlds for a long time. It has also been a prime example of the fate of island biodiversity when confronted with human newcomers that did not fully understand the long-term implications of their actions. A negative outlook on the survival of the species that have made Galapagos one of the most iconic places on Earth has been predominant even in present time. Overpopulation, water pollution, illegal fishing, plastic and mass tourism are seen as the culprits for the demise of flora and fauna. However, once there we experienced a very different story: the archipelago's autonomy has allowed it to create its own laws and a sort of constitution which promotes the message of respect toward the natural world and of balance between humans and wildlife. Galapagos has started phasing out single-use plastics and the authorities of the national park have created a system which places the protection of biodiversity well ahead of the visitor experience, without actually harming the latter. Read more to discover the stories we published on the blog about our travels on the islands of San Cristóbal, Isabela and Santa Cruz.
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