April 5, 2014
The Ministry of Environment of Ecuador, through the Galapagos National Park Directorate, recently presented its annual report of visitors who entered the protected areas of Galapagos in 2013. This official document provides a detailed explanation of the dynamics of tourism in the islands.
- 204,295 tourists entered Galapagos last year, of which 65% (132,119) were from foreign countries and 35% (72,276) were domestic. This represents an increase of 13% compared to the number of registered visitors in 2012.
- 25% (50,393) of visitors in 2013 were from the United States, with lower rates from countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Australia.
- While 73% of domestic visitors stayed at accommodations in towns, most foreigners (55%) stayed aboard authorized cruise ships.
- Among domestic and foreign visitors combined, many were between age 26 and 35; among foreign visitors, the most common ages were 61 to 67. These data were taken from the Transit Control Card, which every tourist must fill out in order to enter the Islands.
The annual report of visitors was delivered to different decision-making institutions in the archipelago.
Translated with permission from the Galapagos National Park Directorate. Please contact Galapagos Conservancy with inquiries.