• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Ecuador | To fight overcrowding, steep fee increase for foreign visitors planned at Galápagos NP

Visitors to the Galápagos Islands will likely pay an increased park fee starting next year, a decision that reflects growing concerns that skyrocketing tourism on the Ecuadorean archipelago is harming its fragile and unique ecosystem.

Visitors currently pay a $100 fee to the Galápagos National Park, with mainland Ecuadoreans paying $6. Last month, Ecuador’s ministries of tourism, environment and agriculture proposed doubling costs to $200 for those visiting the islands who also spend at least three nights in mainland Ecuador and quadrupling the fee to $400 to visit Galápagos and spend only one or two nights on the mainland.

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