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.