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New Visitor Checkpoint at Tortuga Bay to Protect the Natural Paradise

Tortuga Bay, on Santa Cruz Island, is a stunning destination that draws tourists and locals to its turquoise waters and white sand beaches. Tortuga Bay’s stunning landscape and marine wildlife make it a must-see for nature lovers.

The Galapagos National Park Directorate opened a new visitor’s control booth in April at Tortuga Bay. This was a major step forward in conserving the insular and maritime biodiversity. The new $261,000 facility aims to improve tourist control and to prevent the introduction non-native species into the iconic site.

The new control station is more than a simple tourist checkpoint. The control booth also has a terrace, with resting areas and lookout points to take in the breathtaking views. It was also designed to achieve a vital objective: to protect the ecological integrity and balance of Tortuga Bay. This is done by preventing non-native species from entering the bay, registering them, and controlling their entry.

This new measure protects the pristine beach environment of Tortuga Bay, as well as its diverse wildlife. Danny Rueda is the Director of the Galapagos National Park. He says that this new facility will provide new recreational areas to the local community, while also ensuring strict tourist and environmental controls.

Tortuga Bay is a prime example of why it’s important to preserve the Galapagos Islands marine and coastal eco-systems. It is not only one of the most beautiful beach in the Archipelago but it is also a vital habitat for marine fauna such as turtles, seabirds and iguanas. It is vital to implement measures that protect the site’s ecological integrity for the sake of future generations.

Galapagos Conservancy congratulates GNPD for the new visitor checkpoint at Tortuga Bay. This is great news for nature lovers, and those who are working to promote sustainable tourism.

Renewed entrance to Tortuga Bay
Renewed entrance to Tortuga Bay © GNPD