Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Travel | Going to the Galápagos Is Easier and Cheaper Than Ever. That Might Not Be a Good Thing. Supported by Some conservationists and travel experts are worried about the environmental impact of a growing number of visitors on the fragile, otherworldly archipelago. ByAdam Popescu Feb. 5, 2019 “The archipelago is a little world within itself,” a young Charles Darwin mused in his London study in 1839. Four years earlier, five weeks on the Galápagos Islands, some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. So taken by the “extreme tameness” of the species he encountered, he wasn’t an ideal visitor by today’s standards: He hopped on the backs of giant tortoises and “pushed a hawk off the branch of a tree” with the muzzle of a gun. These days, that “little … [Read more...] about Going to the Galápagos Is Easier and Cheaper Than Ever. That Might Not Be a Good Thing.