Galapagos Recognized as Top Island in the Travel & Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards

July 22, 2013 (Quito, Ecuador) – The Galapagos Islands in Ecuador have been recognized as the top-ranking island in Travel + Leisure’s 18th annual World’s Best Awards in the category of Mexico, Central and South America. Recognized for the 4th consecutive year, Galapagos also ranked in the top 10 islands worldwide.


The Galapagos were selected in Travel + Leisure’s annual reader poll, which asks voters to rank candidates across several categories to identify the best in travel worldwide. Islands were ranked according to their natural attractions/beaches, activities/sights, restaurants/food, people, and value.

Galapagos received a score of 86.95, retaining the top position in the annual rankings over islands including Ambergris Cay, Belize, and Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

“This award recognizes Ecuador’s strong commitment to preserving the extraordinary, delicate biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands,” said Alejandra Zea, Markets Director, Ecuador Ministry of Tourism. “Home to unique species such as marine iguanas, giant tortoises and the finches which inspired Charles Darwin, the Galapagos are home to endless natural wonders which we are proud to share with the world.”

Galapagos and its natural resources are a World Natural Heritage Site, a distinction awarded by UNESCO in 1979. The Galapagos archipelago is made up of 14 islands and numerous islets lying 600 miles off the Ecuadorian mainland.

Secretary Diego Bassante of the Embassy of Ecuador in Washington D.C. accepted an award honoring this recognition on behalf of Minister of Tourism Vinicio Alvarado at a Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony on July 18th in New York City.


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