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Galapagos and Ecuador News

Galapagos and Ecuador News


The Government's Council of Galapagos has issued mew migratory control system for the Galapagos Islands. According to this new system , since March 11th 2013 , every person who wishes to visit the Galapagos Islands must fill out a registration form online , this has to be filled personally and can't be done by travel agencies .The registration form can be found in the following link ,once there please go to PRE-REGISTRO on the left hand side menu , in the middle of this page click on PRE-REGISTRO TURISTAS (TCT) and follow all the steps.
After completing the form , before checking in for your flight at the airport , please go to the "Tarjeta de control de Transito" counter where they will validate your form and verify your identity via biometric control.
Once this procedure is done, please find the door to "Control Pasajeros Galapagos" where the airport workers will check your luggage and aouthorize it to be checked in and finally you can go to the airlines counter and get your boarding pass.
The pre-registration can also be done at the airport but it will only cause you delays so we recommend doing it before.


We would like to share last minute information regarding Isabela Island in Galapagos, the local authorities in Puerto Villamil , Isabela , have started charging a new tax / landing fee of 20 US dollars effective immediately, this new tax as they say is for the use of the towns facilities (landing dock) and its maintenance .
As You might understand this is completely out of our hands and control ,please be advised that all passengers traveling on any yacht with itineraries visiting Puerto Villamil that you will have to pay this tax in person upon arrival to Puerto Villamil , Isabela island .
We thank you for your understanding and we apologize for the inconvenience this new law might cause to all visitors but again, this is absolutely a decision taken by the local authorities.
Please find here a copy of the law ,which was actually issued in September 2012 but has not being applied until the week of March 10th 2013 , this is the REGISTRO OFICIAL which is where all ecuadorian laws are published and made effective.
As it reads in paragraph 5 article 25 , " Mandatory .- All persons using the landing dock known as El Embarcadero must pay a fee upon arrival to Isabela (Puerto Villamil only) for the use of this dock "
Article 26.4 .- " All tourist arriving on day trip yachts and live aboard cruises 10 US dollars for ecuadorians 20US dollars for foreigners"
Thank you very much , please if you need more information contact us at
Kind regards
The Galapagos tours co. team


Quito´s new Mariscal Sucre International Airport was inaugurated Tuesday, February 19th, 2013. It is located in the Tababela Parish, about 12.4 miles (20 km) northeast of downtown Quito. The new airport started operations on February 20th, 2013. Reaching the airport will take you 40 to 90 minutes, according to your location of departure. There are several ways to arrive to Quito's new airport, the local puplisc transportation offers buses from Quito but this will probably would take a very long time since they stop all the time to pick up new passengers,the second option are direct buses that leave from the old airport on the north side of Quito , they cost 8USD aprox. , the third option are smaller vans that offer the same service from the old airport at a cost of aprox. 16USD , the next option is to go by taxi ,the price depend on the location you are taking the taxi from but for example if you leave from central Quito the price starts at 25USD and can go up to 45USD if you are further away from central Quito. If you plan to drive yourself, several routes will be available to reach the new terminal. Even though, these will be completed within the next few weeks up to 24 months. Interoceánica Ave Interoceánica avenue will be part of a road network with Ruta Viva and Vía Intervalle. Ruta Viva is parallel to Interoceánica Ave. Vehicular traffic side rails will be ready on February 20. Ruta Viva will be ready in full in April 2013. Traffic exchanger Las Bañistas Las Bañistas is located in the former roundabout of Cumbayá. This will separate, through an underpass, the traffic flows between those who go to Cumbayá and those who go to the airport. Traffic exchanger Auqui – La Primavera This traffic exchanger allows the integration of Ave Interoceánica with Ruta Viva through Lumbisí exit. It will be located about 5 minutes east from the mall Paseo San Francisco. The route Cumbayá-Tumbaco has two lanes in each direction in underpass. On the surface there will be two lanes in each direction, which will allow the turns to and from Lumbisí exit. Ruta Collas-New Airport From Km 7 1/2 of the Panamerican Highway, north, this route will reach Tababela through a bridge which will be built over the Guayllabamba River. The municipality is considering to build a temporary bridge that would allow the use of the road at the end of 2013. Ruta Viva This route will allow the connection of several northeastern towns (Cumbaya, Tumbaco, Puembo, Tababela, Checa, Pifo, Yaruquí and Quinche) and the Amazon region with dowtown Quito, and the Quito´s new International Airport. This route will be ready in full within two years. Phase 1 of Ruta Viva starts at Simon Bolivar Ave, near San Juan neighborhood, and ends in La Primavera neighborhood. Phase 2 runs from La Primavera to the Puembo traffic exchanger. E-35 Route This is a way that will bypass the capital. It starts at El Colibrí, located in the area of Sangolquí, southeast, to the intersection of Santa Rosa de Cusubamba, located in the canton of Cayambe. In this way there will not be tolls. Tunnels will be used instead of left turns at surface level.

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The participation of fishermen, guides, scientists and the general community has contributed to the identification of species not reported.

The park ranger Eduardo Espinoza performs the analysis of the specimen that was delivered by a fisherman in the community. In past day’s fishermen from the island Santa Cruz delivered to staff of the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS), a fish that caught his attention because of the rarity of its shape. The specimen was delivered to the rangers for analysis. DPNG biologists began the analysis and identification of the species, establishing that belongs to the family stargazers, family Uranoscopidae, fish is found in deep waters, of which there is only one report of a similar species in Galapagos live between 40 and 400 feet deep, only had a record of this family in Galapagos so interesting to science. Several years ago the GNP began to receive reports of findings previously undetected species in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, which contribute to increased information Baseline Biodiversity of the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Eduardo Espinoza, head of the monitoring program of marine ecosystems of the Galapagos National Park, recognized that these findings have been made possible thanks to support from the community, mainly fishermen and guides who have given samples, without these valuable contributions might not know of the existence of these samples. Among the findings in the last 10 years are four species of sharks: Mustelus albipinnis, Bythaelurus geddingsi, Centrophorus squamosus, Odontaspsis ferox, with the list of 29 known species until 2001, increase to 33 until today, thanks to input from fishermen, nature guides and scientists who made discoveries in coastal and deep waters. Some of these sharks have been captured more than 500 meters deep (abyssal species). The Galapagos Marine Reserve, is one of the largest in the world, still has many mysteries to be discovered, so that community input and awareness of living in one of the "living laboratories" in the world, makes it to obtain new findings of marine life. Prepared by Galapagos National ParkPublic Relations Process


DPNG and Municipality of Santa Cruz made ??land swap to benefit artisans who can improve their quality of life and production.

Edwin Naula, director of the Galapagos National Park (c), signed the document by which the exchange of land held for development Handcrafted Park Santa Cruz. Members of the union of carpenters and related services of Santa Cruz celebrated the crystallization of a dream of seven years, thanks to the through Ministerial Agreement, the Environment Ministry allowed the exchange of a fully impacted area, in which the local municipality will develop the Park Handcrafted, in a short-term land will pass to the artisans. Edwin Naula, Director of the Galapagos National Park (GNPS), recalled that on the area of 10.7 hectares operated the antique garbage dump that was closed for the implementation of Handcrafted Park, which brings together carpenters, block manufacturers, shipbuilding and mechanics it is not worth to stay inside the protected area. In this process the GNP received a humid area in the agricultural area that was detected of the presence of a species of land snail (Bulimulus), which has 80 species, mostly in critically endangered, meaning that the field remains intact ecological integrity of the ecosystem. The ministerial agreement included within the Galapagos National Park this area of 12 hectares. Thus, the GNP and Decentralized Autonomous Government of the Municipality of Santa Cruz encourage development of the Handcrafted Park area. Alberto Calderon, president of the union, thanked the authorities and the national government because it met the main aspiration of artisans, for the supply of the land will improve the area and its growth potential microenterprise credit through which they may access. Prepared by Galapagos National ParkPublic Relations Process