The number of tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands increased by 6% in 2014.
Figures from a report published by the Galapagos National Park show that 215,691 tourists visited the islands last year, an increase of 6% from 2013. Of these, 70% – or 149,997 – were foreigners. Tourists from the USA accounted for 26% (56,080) of all visitors, followed by the UK (6%), Germany, Canada and Australia (each 4%) and Argentina (3%). The remaining 23% of visitors came from 153 other countries around the world.
The report also showed that 35% of visitors explore the islands on a cruise, with an average visit of seven days. 65% of tourists stay in hotels and lodging on the archipelago’s four inhabited islands (Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela and Floreana), staying for an average of five days. 74% of visitors fly into the Galapagos’ main airport, Baltra (which serves Santa Cruz Island) while 26% land at San Cristobal’s airport.
The figures were compiled from data collected from the Galapagos Transit Control Card, which all visitors are required to complete before entering the islands.
There are a number of measures you can take to minimize your footprint when visiting the islands; start by taking a look at our guide to responsible tourism in the Galapagos.
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