The Galápagos Islands are one of the world's most popular tourist spots, and Six Senses are about to make things even more convenient for travelers.
According to Hotel News Resource, Six Senses, (part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, Six Senses' parent company), is planning to develop a resort in Cerro Verde. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
Cerro Verde is part of the San Cristobal Islands. Conveniently for tourists, the resort is going to be only a 35-minute driving distance from the San Cristobal airport. Hotel News Resource added that the project will center around economic and environmental aspects.
This should only boost the tourism numbers in Ecuador. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently published its International Tourism Highlights report, and Ecuador was the top nation for growing tourism last year. The report outlined that 2.42 million visitors came to Ecuador last year - a 51 percent jump from the 1.6 million from the year prior.
This can be widely attributed to the historic Galápagos Islands, which brought in a reported 276,000 tourists in 2018. DiscoveringGalapagos.org.uk has documented the tourism travels up until 2014.
There have been over 100,000 visitors on the Galápagos Islands every year since 2004, according to the website. It also outlines that the majority of Galápagos Islands tourists "stay on cruise ships."
According to a report from CNTraveler.com, Galápagos Islands visiting fees could be increased up to $400 (the fee is $100 right now). Of course, it's easy to understand with the islands seeing rapid growth in tourism.
Fray Tomás de Berlanga is credited with being the first to discover the Galápagos Islands in 1535. The islanders became even more famous following a visit from Evolution scientist Charles Darwin.
He talked about the islands in his well-known book, The Voyage of the Beagle. Some of the island's birds, which he researched during his visit, are named "Darwin's Finches." Many birds species are only found on the Galápagos Islands.