Category Archive: BREAKING NEWS

Mar 27 2013

Galapagos Islands Baltra airport raises its taxes as of April 4th 2013

An official bulletin from TAME airline today has just confirmed that as of April 4th, 2013 all  flights into the Baltra airport in the Galapagos Islands (IATA airport code GPS) will increase ATO service tax on airline tickets in the following manner: Colonials:         was USD $1.00 | now USD $ 2.00 | increase …

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Feb 20 2013

Increased Quito Airport Taxes effective February 20th 2013

As of today, February 20th 2013 Quito airport taxes have increased. Passengers with tickets issued before February 20th can pay for the increase directly at the airport. USD $8.17 tax increase for DOMESTIC/NATIONAL routes. USD $15.86 tax increase for INTERNATIONAL routes. For more information on the new Quito International airport which inaugurated operations today, fell free …

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Nov 27 2012

Quito, Ecuador – One of the 20 Best Destinations to Visit in 2013 by National Geographic Traveler Magazine

Quito, Ecuador – One of the 20 best destinations to know in 2013. That’s the recognition Quito, capital of Ecuador, received last night (November 26th, 2012) by the National Geographic Traveler magazine.  The award ceremony occurred during the opening of the 2nd Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (II Bolsa de Turismo Sostenible), organized by the Rainforest …

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Oct 11 2012

Local Galapagos Islands Surfer Missing

Since last night (Wednesday, October 10th, 2012) the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) and other local authorities are on alert to rescue a young local surfer, who has been missing since yesterday in the Turtle Bay (Bahia Tortuga), located on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands. …

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Sep 18 2012

Ecuador Mobile Cell Phone Dialing

As of September 30th, 2012 anyone dialing an Ecuadorian mobile (cellular) telephone number must add an additional 9 (nine) after the first 0 (zero).  This means that all Ecuadorian cell numbers will now have 10 digits (instead of 9). For dialing an Ecuadorian cell number internationally, the same holds true (i.e., adding an addition 9 …

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Aug 24 2012

U.K. Travel Advisory for Ecuador: Machiavellian Politics or Exaggerated Caution?

U.K. issuing a travel advisory for Ecuador Travel advisory text directly from FCO website … “In view of recent demonstrations (August) outside the British Embassy Quito, and the British Honorary Consulate, Guayaquil related to the Assange case, British Nationals should exercise caution, avoid gatherings and carry ID at all times. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn …

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Aug 23 2012

New Quito International Airport News

After 52 years of service, the current International Airport of Quito, Mariscal Sucre [IATA airport code: UIO], switches off its lights and closes permanently on February 19th, 2013. The original airport was built in 1960 on 126 hectares of land, located in the north of Quito. Due to its location in the middle of a …

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Jun 24 2012

Iconic Galapagos Islands Figure Dies – Lonesome George

Lonesome George was more than an iconic figure for the Galapagos Islands. Although the exact age of Lonesome George (or Solitario Jorge in Spanish) was never known, he was presumed to be over 100 years old.  He was discovered on Pinta Island back in 1972 (at the time this species was thought to be extinct) …

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Jun 19 2012

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange seeks asylum in Ecuador embassy

I can see it now, “Wikitours” offers tours to the Galapagos Islands and throughout mainland Ecuador. Guiding in English only. For more information please contact Julian Assange. Being public enemy number one of the U.S., and the fact that the current Ecuadorian government doesn’t appear to be very supportive of the U.S., it wouldn’t surprise …

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Jun 16 2012

Chilean tourist lost in the Galapagos Islands (Update: Found)

According to local news sources a 31-year old Chilean national, Felipe Bravo Rodriguez, has gone missing on the Island of Santa Cruz, in the Galapagos Islands.  He was last apparently seen on Monday in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, near Bellavista. According to local reports, he arrived by taxi near Bellavista.  According to the taxi driver, …

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