An island group that needs to adapt to survive the modern tourism natural selection.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin
Best and only luxury hotel on the islands: Hotel Iguana Crossing, Isabela Island, Galapagos *****
Best price-benefit-ratio on the main island: Hotel Solymar, Santa Cruz, Galapagos ***/*
Least price-worthy hotel ever: Royal Palm, Galapagos (Member Leading Hotels) although only one with individual airport pick-up
The tourist concept of the Galapagos really needs an overhaul !!!
Better examples are the Okavango Delta in Botswana or Operation Loango in Gabon and CAR.
The Galapagos Islands should only be visited on a private yacht – and for those who can afford it by private jet. Otherwise one may be VERY disappointed by the low quality tourism that is offered, especially when arriving at the crowded airport, on the compulsory first public (!) packed bus, on the badly maintained boats, or looking at the rustic (but expensive) hotel infrastructure. Luckily, the wonderful wildlife makes up for a lot of the shortcomings of the two-legged inhabitants.
A nice local wall map of the Galapagos Islands:
Must read books when in the Galapagos (Source: Amazon):