During the working period for the implementation of SIMAVIS, work has been done on different aspects of visiting sites and visitors, among the redefining the Acceptable Visitor Load (CAV) for each visiting site and navigable cruise ship itineraries,
instruments already in operation since the beginning of the process.
The meeting held last November 11 in the city of Quito, with the aim of bringing together again all the operators and different tourist agencies marketing the navigable operation on the islands, with the DPNG technical team, in order to strengthen the process of information exchange and communication, the best type of sector and its involvement in it. From December 2009 to date, the dpng and ECOLAP tourism management team has sighed of sectoral and individual meetings and workshops, the dpng and ECOLAP tourism management team, has sighed sectoral meetings and workshops and individuals, the tourist totality. In these meetings, the new itineraries have been built tourist itineraries both the requirements of management, conservation and quality of the network of visiting sites, as well as the characteristics of logistics and tourist demand of the different Operations.
The new order of the visit implies compliance with the visitor loading numbers (CAV) of the visiting sites, under acceptable ranges of quality and protection of the natural and cultural heritage present in them, thus the crossing and concentration of visitors in these unique places in the archipelago.
To do this, the tourist vessels will have an itinerary previously agreed between the parties, in which visits to the different sites are distributed, considering a frequency of repetition of sites of 15 days. This means that boats won’t be able to visit the same site every week as they did until now, but they will every two weeks. This allows all vessels in the navigable fleet to have the opportunity to visit all sites, without having to take the site into a situation of overloading visitors. This does not mean that tourists must make a 15-day cruise, but they will also be able to make one-week cruises, as the itineraries of the boats contemplate the change of passengers at the different airports at least once a week. Although many vessels have been joining the new model throughout 2011, a total of 24, as agreed at previous meetings, by February 1, 2012, the date of renewal of the tourist operating patents, all cruise ships navigable will have to operate under the new requirements of the itinerary model. The approach of the end date of the start-up process motivates the holding of such events to clarify any confusion in this regard.
This date marks a milestone of conservation and tourism management for the Galapagos National Park, since for the first time in history, with a lot of effort on the part of all sectors, it would be achieved to respect the technical parameters of visitor management at the sites of Visit. This is not to say that the management efforts end here, as we will continue with a thorough follow-up to solve any unforeseen events, and above all the work with tour guides and operators, ultimately responsible for that effectively the measures Management techniques implemented have an positive result on the quality of the experience and on the maintenance of the good state of conservation of the resources.
Finally, we are particularly grateful to all tour operators for their effort and cooperation with the management and conservation of our Natural Heritage of Humanity.
PART IV: Itineraries
The last of the fundamental elements of the Visitor Management System of the Galapagos National Park Directorate is the management of itineraries for the visit to the sites for public use of the protected area of authorized tourist vessels.
Itinerary management began in the Galapagos in 1978 and consists of the orderly distribution of tourist vessels currently operating in the archipelago between the 70 land visit sites and the 79 marine visiting sites.
At the time of writing of this page there are a total of 92 vessels with A Tourist Operation Patent, of which 71 operate under the mode of Navigable Cruise Tour, 7 under the daily tour modality, 8 under the modality of bay tour and diving (Class 1) , 1 under the mode of bay tour and diving (class 2), 2 under the mode of bay tour (class 3) and 3 under the modality of Navigable Diving Tour.
The current boats with their itineraries are available on this website.
There are two types of itinerary:
One-week itinerary (7 days) which are assigned for boats operating under the modalities of Sailing Cruise Tour (4) (Diving-Earth), Sailing Diving Tour, Daily Tour, Bay Tour and Diving and Bahia Tour.
25 boats are assigned this itinerary, which normally make 2 different routes of 3 and 4 days and daily tour in the cases of the boats operating under the modalities of Daily Tour, Tour of Bahia and Diving and Tour de Bahia.
This lower frequency of passenger rotation increases tourists who enter the archipelago annually.
The DPNG authorizes the visit to a maximum of 28 visiting sites, and a maximum of 2 sites per shift (morning and afternoon):
• A terrestrial site where the walk takes place
• Another marine site where permitted activities are carried out (snorkeling, panga ride and kayak).
However, it is most common for each land site to have an associated marine area where permitted activities are carried out, when this is not possible it is in the aim of associating a marine site with the land site to give rise to permitted activities.
71 vessels are assigned this itinerary. The actual tour of this type of itineraries is usually a minimum of 7 days.
The Galapagos National Park Directorate assigns a tour with a maximum of 60 visiting sites.
The objective and requirement of this type of itinerary is to decrease the frequency of use on certain visiting sites that present overload problems in terms of crowding visitors and deterioration of the perceptual and social quality of the visit.
Each vessel is authorized to visit the sites assigned in the operating patent, once every two weeks.
This measure, in turn, allows the rotation of passengers not less than 7 days, decreasing the opportunities for growth in the number of annual tourists.