Ecuadorian President formalizes Galapagos Marine Reserve expansion and celebrates milestone aboard Galapagos Legend


QUITO, Ecuador, January 17, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Today, the president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, signed an executive order formalizing the expansion of the Galápagos Marine Reserve (GMR). President Lasso signed the order during a dedication ceremony in Puerto Ayora. A celebratory lunch offered by the Presidency of Ecuador and the Ministry of the Environment followed aboard the Galapagos Legend, flagship of Go Galapagos – Kleintours, anchored just next door Santa Cruz Island, in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago. Marking the significance of the occasion, the ceremony was also attended by Colombian President Iván Duque and former US President bill clinton, among other dignitaries.

The new decree expands the Galapagos Marine Protected Areas by 60,000 square kilometres, adding to the existing reserve of 138,000 square kilometres. Establishing a maritime migration corridor between the Galapagos and Costa Rica’s Isla del Coco, the decree creates a safe swimming route where important endangered migratory species, such as sharks, whales, turtles and manta rays, can travel safely. This expansion will allow the Galapagos Islands to remain one of the most important marine reserves in the world.

“The Galapagos Islands are a unique habitat with incredible biodiversity. The territory is home to over 3,000 species, of which approximately 600 can only be found here. This expansion will help secure one of the most critical migratory ‘highways’ in the world. world for marine wildlife. This means there is now more space than ever to protect these amazing creatures.” noted Emile Klein, CEO of Go Galapagos – Kleintours and host of the event. “Now we can continue to responsibly share this pristine natural environment with visitors from around the world.”

Go Galapagos – Kleintours is dedicated to ecotourism and sharing the pristine nature of the Galapagos Islands with visitors from around the world. The company works hand-in-hand with the Galapagos National Park Service to ensure eco-friendly tours to the Galapagos Islands. “Every detail on board our ships is designed to minimize environmental impact,” says Alexis Alvarez, Head of International Sales. “Our vessels are certified to the highest national and international standards for good environmental practice. And all our vessels are equipped with state-of-the-art technology in key areas such as waste management, water treatment and energy consumption.

The expanded GMR is a victory for marine conservation advocates and the species that inhabit the territory in and around the Galapagos Islands. It is also an important victory for tour operators who promote environmentally friendly tourism in the islands. “Ensuring the survival of endangered migratory species through the expansion of the GMR means we can continue to responsibly share the magic of the Galapagos Islands with visitors for years to come,” says Go Galapagos – CEO of Kleintours , Klein.

Go Galapagos – Kleintours, owners and operators of the Galapagos Legend, have been organizing trips to Earth’s most pristine natural environment for over 30 years. We combine local expertise with world-class amenities to deliver eco-luxury tours to the Galapagos Islands and other destinations within Ecuador and Peru. Dedicated to eco-friendly tourism, we have the vessels, itineraries and knowledge to make your trip to Galapagos effortless and amazing. To experience the natural wonders of the Galapagos, please visit

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Emile Klein, Go Galapagos – Kleintours, 593 0999900002, [email protected]

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