The Galapagos Islands are a wonderland of wildlife and Mother Nature’s beauty, we take a look at Galapagos holidays
The Galapagos are a series of islands 1,000km west off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. They are famed for their abundance of endemic species, which led Charles Darwin to his theory of evolution. There are 19 main islands in the archipelago with changing landscapes, hills and volcanic islets. It is its remote location, its seismic and volcanic activity and its situation at the confluence of three oceans that has given life to the diverse and numerous wildlife species that thrive there. Galapagos holidays are an eye-opening peek inside one of the most varied animal ecosystems in the world.
Unique species live on the Galapagos, such as the Galapagos tortoise, Galapagos penguin, Waved Albatross and Galapagos Sea Lion, there also species variations between the islands. Due to the isolation of the islands very unusual evolution has taken place to give rise to such animals as the Marine Iguana. Its dramatic landscape and rich wildlife attract photography enthusiasts and the underwater world surrounding the Galapagos provides unparalleled opportunities to dive with marine species such as giant turtles, sharks, rays, penguins and sea lions.
Although around 170,000 visitors make the journey to these islands every year, there are restrictions on travel and shift times during which you can visit. This exclusivity means it is a wishlist destination if ever there was one.
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