If you still don’t understand what the big deal is about Ecuador’s world famous archipelago, you will after you look at these photos of the Galápagos Islands. Get your passport and bag ready now!
So what are the Galápagos Islands?
Sail 600 miles (965 km) from the coast of Ecuador and you will arrive on the rocky shores of the Galápagos Islands. This archipelago is made up of 13 islands and 7 islets. They formed millions of years ago out of hardened lava. When Darwin arrived in 1835, he found an environment where natural selection and isolated conditions had produced species that didn’t exist anywhere else in the world—and still don’t.
Darwin focused his research on the finches, giant tortoises, and mockingbirds of the Galápagos. 11 species of land animal are found only in the Galápagos, including Galápagos penguins and flightless cormorants. Many more rare species make their home here, as well as droves of sea lions and iguanas.
There is a huge variety of marine life that only lives in the waters that surround these islands. Go snorkeling to see green turtles, sting rays, and Galápagos sharks.
Why photos of the Galápagos Islands still don’t do them justice…
Words simply don’t do this archipelago justice, and even photos of the Galápagos pale in comparison to seeing them up close. Some things in this world you have to experience for yourself to understand. To inspire you to start planning your trip to the Galápagos Islands, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite photos.
Read on to learn more about this amazing environment and the species that call these islands home. Then learn what to do and what not to do when you make your voyage.
Almost all of the land on the Galápagos is part of a closely monitored national park. You can find places to stay on some of the more developed islands. Check out accommodations on Santa Cruz, San Cristobál, and Isabela.
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