The Human Dimension & Why It Matters
The expanding tourism industry has impacted the Galapagos’ local population by contributing to economic change and social issues.
My Beautiful Land | 2013

Luis Segura, 62, was born on Isabela Island. His parents came to the island when it was still a penal colony. Segura’s father, a cop, needed to take care of the prisoners that were left on Isabela. Segura lives with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and his two grandchildren in Puerto Villamil. Segura’s family depends on the money that he makes working as a taxi driver. Segura has worked as a taxi driver for 32 years. Every day is different for him. Some days he wakes up at five in the morning and doesn’t come home until eight in the evening. Other days, he will only pick up one or two passengers. A typical day for Segura includes picking up passengers from hotels, boats, etc. and taking them to see the volcano, the flamingoes, turtles and the Wall of Tears.

In Segura’s opinion, Isabela has changed over the years, due to tourism and immigration on the island. Growing up, nothing was sold on the island, but was traded instead. When there was a party, everyone would contribute and it would last for four or five days. Now, with tourism becoming more and more prevalent, everything is about money.

Every one on the island is like family.

“We all know each other. We get along like siblings. We talk, we reminisce about earlier times and we laugh. We have a good time,” Segura says.

"Every day is different. There are some days when there’s a lot of work, other days there’s just one or two rides."
-Luis Segura