For those looking for a more personal insight to the various aspects of the Galapagos Islands, mainland Ecuador and travel related issues … feel free to jump to my personal blog – EcuadorGuide – Ecuador & Galapagos.
As we have apparently become a popular and trusted source for breaking travel-related news for mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, we have decided to change (improve) the manner in which news is presented and updated.
From October 1st, 2011 this service is now being aired on this dedicated channel
Sky News contacted us during for their Ecuador President Hurt During ‘Coup Attempt‘ report on September 30th, 2010
Our popularity arose during the hour by hour updates relating to the tsunami alert issued for the Pacific region, the political uprisings on September 30th 2010 (aka 30-S) against President Rafael Correa and our continual coverage of the frequent eruptions of Mount Tugurahua Volcano.
The comments of gratitude and thanks for this spurred us to improve our news desk system.
By news we do not refer to deals, offers and such. What is presented is travel-related news that may be important for you (or family members) to be aware of.
Examples include erupting volcanoes & natural disasters, airport closures, safety news, strikes & protests. Basically news-worthy material that foreign travelers should be aware of (and for family & friends back home) to be informed as accurately and up to date as possible.
We have broken the news into relevant sections:
- Breaking News …. the latest news flashes
- Health & Safety News
- General (travel) News
- Flight-related News
- Galapagos Islands (travel) News
- Quito (travel) News
On Friday, September 16th at 19h00 a TAME airline airplane (Embraer 190), flight no.148 from Loja to Quito, crashed into the far north safety extension region of the Quito International Airport of Mariscal Sucre. Aboard were 97 passengers and 6 crew. No victims were reported, and 11 people received medical attention.
The TAME plane ended up some 300 meters beyond the extreme end of the runway. Airport operations have been irregular subsequently due to the fact that the ILS radars, which assist inbound air traffic for runway approximation, were damaged. As a result, pilots are forced to use VOR (Voice over radio) for approximations in the meantime.
If climatic conditions (low or poor visibility etc) present themselves, flights may be forced to land at the nearest alternative airport. For this reason flights have been irregular since Friday evening.
New National Park regulation for tortoise corals visits at the Darwin Station Research Station (Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island)
Effective September 1st 2011, visitors to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz, will no longer be allowed to enter or walk inside the interior walls of the tortoise corals.
Guides have reported that passengers are not following rules prohibiting them from touching or feeding the tortoises. Passengers will only be able to view the tortoises from outside the corals walls.
For a more in-depth report, please go to http://www.sangay.com/ecuadorguide/galapagos-islands/2457/
AUGUST 11th, 2011 13h30
The Ecuadorian government has issued an “Orange Alert” for the southern Pacific Coastal region (where waves could reach between 2 to 4 meters – according to local news sources, and has just included the Galapagos Islands (where waves could reach 2 to 3 meters in height – according to local news sources here in Quito).
The timing is not ideal as we head into a holiday long weekend, and a good majority of the major city inhabitants tend to flock to the coast during this period.
14h30 INOCAR (National Oceanographic Institute) is predicting the strong possibility that the strong waves that hit the coast of Chile & Peru yesterday will arrive on the coast of Ecuador later this afternoon, with waves 2 to 2.5 m. Forecasts for August 12 predictstronger and larger waves (>2.5 m), while those for August 13 predict that the waves will start to diminish and end in the evening of August 14th.
15h03 From local media source Telegrafo: COEN (National Emergency Operations Committee) has started limited evacuations of southern coastal regions of Ecuador, particularly the province of El Oro. In addition, the government is permitting people to visit the coastal regions during the holiday long weekend (Friday to Sunday) but swimming in the sea will not be permitted .. along with any aquatic sports, fishing or whale watching.
Original Spanish news source: Parque Nacional Galapagos (PNG)
A Total of 357 sharks were counted aboard the ‘Fer Mary I’
Technicians and authorities of the Galapagos National Park (DPNG), Navy, National Police conducted an inspection of the fishing boat ‘Fer Mary I’ detained for illegal fishing in the Galapagos Islands.
The ‘Fer Mary I’ and its six smaller fishing boats were detained 20 miles within the archipelago, to the east of the northern island of Genovesa, by the Galapagos National Park boat ‘Sea Ranger 02’ – with assistance from the Ecuadorian Navy. The captured vessel was escorted to the port town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island) in the evening.
The smaller vessels detained accompanying the ‘Fer Mary I’ were F/M Siempre Virgen de Monserrate, F/M Narcisa de Jesús, F/M Keyla Yeannely, F/M Heyder Josue, F/M Nuevo Destino II and F/M Siempre José.
At 17h30 local authorities conducted inspections to identify the catch aboard. The final inventory determined the following: 357 sharks, 11 dorados, 9 albacores & 1 sword fish. The species of shark identified were:
- 286 Bigeye Thresher (Alopias superciliosus);
- 22 Blue sharks (Prionace glauca);
- 40 Galapagos sharks (Carcharinus galapaguensis);
- 6 Hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini);
- 2 Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvieri);
- 1 Mako shark (Isurus oxirrinchus)
The Ecuadorian National Aviation Authorities (DAC – Dirección General de Aviación Civil) temporarily suspends Air Cuenca operations due to technical problems that do not guarantee the safety and security of the passengers (according to an article published in El Comercio on June 21st, 2010.
According to this news source, Air Cuenca can only start operating again once the aircraft is checked.
In the Quito airport of Mariscal Sucre, the personal at the airline counter of Air Cuenca commented that they are not selling airline tickets and that the aircraft will go to Miami to be checked.