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Galapagos reopens tourist sites after lockdown

 

 

The Galapagos Islands on Monday reopened its tourist sites and marine reserve, which had been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ecuadorian Environment Minister Paulo Proano said.

 

“Today, under due biosecurity protocols, we are reopening the @parquegalapagos visit sites to contribute to the revitalization of the local economy,” Proano wrote on his Twitter account.

 

The environment ministry said that visitors must wear masks and use disinfectant gel, adding that “in the case of recreational sites near populated ports, the maximum stay will be three hours.”

 

The Galapagos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, partially opened its beaches for residents in May, when Ecuador began to ease its coronavirus lockdown.

 

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Las minas de azufre de Isabela abiertas para ser visitadas El sitio de visita Minas de Azufre está listo para recibir turistas nuevamente, desde hoy; de acuerdo al informe del Instituto Geofísico de la Escuela Politécnica Nacional de abril del 2019 y; después de las adecuaciones y señalización realizadas por los guardaparques de la Dirección Técnica Operativa Isabela. Los visitantes pueden recorrer hasta la zona 1, límite fijado por la Dirección del Parque Nacional Galápagos para seguridad de los usuarios, que deben ingresar con máscaras antigases con filtro, permanecer a una distancia de dos metros de las fumarolas y no más de 10 minutos en la zona indicada. La autoridad ambiental recomienda que las personas con problemas cardiacos, afecciones respiratorias, embarazadas, infantes o de edad avanzada no ingresen a las minas de azufre, porque los gases volcánicos pueden ser perjudiciales para su salud. Además, después de las inspecciones realizadas en el área de campamento, nuevamente se permitirá el uso de la misma en este sitio de visita, de acuerdo a la normativa vigente. #ConservaciónYRestauración #Galápagos

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Only six beaches of the Galapagos National Park were allowed to open for three-hour stretches.

 

The archipelago, with about 30,000 inhabitants, has recorded just 100 COVID-19 infections.

 

Mainland Ecuador has recorded 68,500 cases and more than 5,000 deaths, with authorities reporting 3,277 other deaths were likely from the virus as well.

 

The Galapagos Islands, located in the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) off the coast of Ecuador, were made famous by 19th-century English naturalist Charles Darwin’s studies of their breathtaking biodiversity.

 

The archipelago received 271,200 visitors in 2019.

 

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Cover image: Photograph from @parquegalapagos