Tourism in the Galapagos islands is under the “Ecotourism Model” approach, this means that all tourism activities should ensure:
- Maximization of local participation and equal distribution of benefits
- Conservation on natural resources
- Shared responsibility between stakeholders
The Galapagos Islands have been an icon for evolution and conservation since Charles Darwin arrived on the archipelago in 1835. The central island of the archipelago is Santa Cruz Island and is home to the largest town and also to unique species. The priority for the different institutions is to preserve this site as naturally as possible and allowing development to happen under the umbrella of sustainability. The city of Santa Cruz has been the leader on the islands in processes like recycling, environmental education, and programs of sustainable tourism through best practices.
This destination participated in the 2019 Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards at ITB Berlin and was the 1st winner of the Best of the Americas awards category.