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The Galapagos Islands

Galapagos is an archipelago comprised of 19 islands and located 1,000 km away from the coastline of Ecuador. It sits comfortably in a marine area where three ocean currents meet, which accounts for its vast marine ecosystem (one of the largest in the world today). There is also considerable seismic and volcanic activity in the islands.
The relative isolation of Galapagos has made it one of the most biologically diverse wildlife reserves in the entire world. It is home to unusual plant and animal life, including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, endemic trees and gigantic cacti, among others. In fact, the islands’ vast biodiversity contributed largely to Charles Darwin’s initial research about evolution and natural selection, way back in 1835.
This is why Galapagos is a popular itinerary for scientists and biologists—because it is unrivaled in terms of biodiversity and geological activity.


Volcanic activity in the islands

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General Information

Located in the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands are on the west coast of South America. The archipelago is 1,000 km. away from Ecuador, and was first discovered accidentally on March 10, 1535. Fray Tomas de Berlanga stumbled upon the islands during a voyage going to Peru. Not much is known about the earlier history of the islands, although some historians think that the islands could have been visited by Incans. However, no proof exists to back these claims, and they remain theories to date.

Galapagos General Information

 



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