The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos islands were originally formed by volcanic eruptions around 10 million years which created a unique habitat off of the coast of Ecuador. Animals and birds drifted on ocean currents or flew to arrive at the islands and over time evolved and adapted to suit their strange new surroundings.Then in 1831 along came Charles Darwin and his studies on the islands and resulting publications on human evolution changed the face of biological history forever. Thanks to Darwin few other places on earth can lay claim to have had such an important influence on science or human development.Today the Galapagos islands are a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site and are home to a wealth of protected wildlife and fascinating volcanic landscapes. Among the wildlife that you can see there are many endemic species present – nowhere else in the world can you see the Darwin finches, the Galapagos penguin or the giant Galapagos tortoise amongst many others.

galapagos islands map The Galapagos Islands

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galapagos overview2 The Galapagos Islandsgalapagos dolphin The Galapagos Islandsgalapagos crab The Galapagos Islands galapagos tortoise The Galapagos IslandsAn excellent tourism infrastructure has been set up at Galapagos for decades now and offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore what often feels like another world – swimming with playful sealions, meeting the famous giant Galapagos tortoises, traversing immense lunar landscapes and volcanic peaks, snorkelling with colourful fish and sharks, relaxing on pristine golden beaches, walking amidst extraordinary bird colonies and fearless reptiles – to name but a few of the highlights of a typical Galapagos
galapagos iguana The Galapagos IslandsBut perhaps the most striking feature of all is the fact that, due to lack of natural predators, the Galapagos animals have not developed a fear of human-beings – so the resulting wildlife experience is all in extreme close-up!