February 25, 2021: Ecuador has good corona incidence values!
The corona incidence values ??are currently (As of 02.25.21) at 59.9, i.e. new infections per 100,000 inhabitants (7-day incidence). Tourists are allowed to enter, a negative PCR test (not older than 10 days) is required. A translated international health insurance must be presented upon entry.
March 6th, 2021: 191 giant tortoises released in the Galapagos Archipelago
The Galapagos National Park (PNG) has released 191 young giant tortoises on the island of Santa Fe in the center of the Galapagos Archipelago as part of an ecological restoration plan for this island area. The quota is the final stage in the process of introducing giant tortoises to this island, which began in 2015. The intention is to populate the island with this type of reptile, whose original population was extinct one hundred and fifty years earlier. The turtle group came from the “Fausto Llerena” breeding center, which was set up on the neighboring island of Santa Cruz by the “PNG” responsible for maintaining the fragile ecosystem of the Ecuadorian archipelago. (Source: latina-press.de)
The President of the Government Council of the Galapagos Islands reports that the first 5,000 Covid-19 vaccines arrived in the Galapagos Islands on Thursday, March 11th. According to national vaccination guidelines, high-risk groups will be the first to receive the vaccine. All vaccines will be administered on the islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela and Floreana (the only inhabited islands in the archipelago) within 48 hours of their arrival. Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said the Galapagos Islands "is a province that has controlled the pandemic particularly well and it will be the first province to complete the first phase of vaccinations." Governing Council President Norman Wray said 13% of Galapagos residents will be vaccinated at this stage and that anyone aged 18 or over will have the opportunity to get vaccinated if things go according to plan next couple of months. (Source: Golden Galapagos Cruises)
March 24th, 2021: Entry to Ecuador with corona vaccination possible
Ecuador has expanded and simplified the entry regulations to mainland Ecuador with immediate effect. The following conditions must be met upon entry:
Negative PCR test on entry no more than 10 days old
or negative antigen test that is no more than 72 hours old upon arrival
or confirmation of a complete corona vaccination.
There are no changes so far for entry to the Galapagos. Furthermore, a PCR test is required, which is no more than 96 hours old on arrival in the Galapagos.
04/15/2021: Guillermo Lasso wins presidential elections in Ecuador
The first official results of the runoff election for the presidency in Ecuador give Guillermo Lasso an unassailable lead over Andrés Arauz in the race to lead the South American country for the next four years. The turnout on Sunday (11th) was over 80 percent.
According to official information from the CNE (National Electoral Council), after counting more than 95 percent of the election documents, Lasso received 52.57 percent of the votes (4,640,320) compared to 47.43 percent of the left-wing candidate Arauz (3,937,163 ). This had already declared himself the winner after the polling stations had closed and before the counting began. The population of Ecuador has decided to continue the free market economy and clearly rejected “socialist experiments”. (Source: latina-press.com)
World Penguin Day is celebrated internationally on April 25!
The anniversary of our logo animal the pinguino owes its origin to a curious circumstance: Scientists on the American McMurdo- Station in Antarctica noticed that every year on April 25th the Adélie penguins return to their breeding colony on land after many months at sea - reliably every year on the same day at the same place. The day of the appearance of the penguins became a holiday of its own for the researchers, which gradually established itself worldwide. Global climate change is causing some serious problems for the penguins of Antarctica. Through a large number of individual observations, researchers have found that penguin populations of different species have been shifting over a large area for several years. The main food of many penguins, fish and whales in the Antarctic is krill, a light shrimp a few centimeters in size. The retreat of the sea ice has led to lower krill stocks in some places and where the food disappears, the penguins also gradually disappear (source: Federal Environment Agency).
04/30/2021: Germany, Ecuador, Ghana and Vietnam want a global agreement against marine litter!
Eight million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year.
The environment ministers of Germany, Ecuador, Ghana and Vietnam invite you to an international ministerial conference against marine litter in September to promote a global agreement against marine litter and the pollution of the environment with plastic waste. Marine and plastic litter represent a global challenge that should be met with new impulses and political will, said the environment ministers of the four countries at a virtual meeting on March 31. In over 120 countries there are now legal provisions to restrict or prohibit the use of single-use plastics. 34 out of 54 African nations have banned single-use plastics. There is also such a ban in the European Union, as well as an export ban on unsorted plastic waste. Regardless, it is estimated that the amount of litter entering the oceans could almost triple by 2040.
Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary in the Federal Environment Ministry: “There is no panacea with which we can make marine and plastic waste disappear, but there is a toolbox that we can use to develop solutions. For long-term success we need to focus more closely on the production and development of plastics, and we need measures along the entire pollution chain. We have the scientific knowledge, the knowledge of the entry routes and the necessary technology to accelerate innovation while protecting our battered planet at the same time. ”
Marcelo Mata Guerrero, Environment Minister of Ecuador: “A major hurdle for scientists and decision-makers today is the lack of knowledge about the biological effects of microplastics on marine organisms and humans. On the way to a global agreement, the issue needs to become more dynamic and visible. Especially in the Decade of Marine Research for Sustainable Development, this is a good impetus to provide evidence of the effects of microplastics found in our food chains and in marine life. Stopping marine and plastic waste not only means protecting the health of the seas, but also our own. ”(Source: latina-press.de)
With a little delay to Germany, Ecuador & Galapagos will probably achieve herd immunity at the end of 2021 and beginning of 2022 and the wildlife in Galapagos has recovered so much due to the discontinuation of tourism that 2022 will most certainly be the year for a holiday in the animal paradise of the Galapagos . It is important that the stay on the Galapagos should always be set as a highlight at the end of a trip to South America, ie the preliminary program, for example on the mainland of Ecuador, Peru, Colombia or in another dreamlike country in Latin America can be before Galapagos. Mr. Frobeen will be happy to advise you personally on 07633-9399360 or email email@example.com. For a preliminary program to the Galapagos, very interesting information is available e.g. on the website www.latein America-spezialist.com .