Simply put, at our cruise agency Galapagos National Park is one of the top travel destinations on the planet to visit. There's no other experience like it, because there's hardly any other place where nature has no fear of man, and where you can see such a diversity of unique wildlife, from giant tortoises, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, to snorkeling with sea lions and penguins. When it comes to cruises for families, it's hard to beat the enriching experience [older] children will have on a Galapagos cruise vacation.
But the Galapagos is also in danger. The islands are showing signs of erosion from too many visitors.
There are some 50 companies that operate Galapagos cruises of one sort or another. New guidelines will now better manage visits to each of the islands, as well as snorkeling and boating in the area. At the same time, visitors will probably have better experiences, because on some islands only one boat will be allowed to visit at any one time, providing visitors a more exclusive experience. itineraries will have to be designed by cruise operators so they don't overlap in most cases.
We hope the new regulations will positively impact this treasured piece of the planet.