This is not Advanced Diving, Environmental Awareness or Diver Training, I know. But I think that reporting something on the recent events here in Ecuador could bring some peace of mind.
I was flying to the Galapagos Islands this morning. The guys of Into the Drink, along with many other travelers were there as well. We found out that at about 7am the police was rioting against a recent law that apparently affects their economical interests. Airports in Quito and Guayaquil were closed most of the day and flights cancelled.
It has been a very tense day. A lot of things happening that were not clearly informed due to an emergency state declared by the government that led into an informative restriction in the local media. I don’t want to try and explain all this. Maybe, because I don’t even understand it very well to begin with. A report from CNN can be found here. In the end, a quite violent ending got the president back to the House of Government.
The Galapagos Islands are located 1000 kilometers from Ecuador mainland and the primary way of transport is by plane. No riots were reported in the Galapagos and the only abnormalities reported were those linked to cancelled flights. During the day, tour operators managed to reschedule trips and make arrangements for guests arriving today or tomorrow. Galapagos National Park Service has been flexible with itineraries in order to help with this.
As of now, 22h25, the conflict has started to decrease. Normal activities in Ecuador, including air transport, are scheduled to restart tomorrow.