The Galapagos Islands straddle the equator approximately 600 miles west from the coast of Ecuador. Twenty islands islands, over 50 islets and some 250 rocks comprise this remote archipelago. What makes the Galapagos unique is the unbelievable biodiversity found in the islands. A delicate ecosystem comprised of plants and animals makes the best bird sightings in the Galapagos. Thousands of miles of open ocean provide as many as 1,000,000 seabirds with a place of their own. Read More
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The first settlers in the Galapagos that arrived to the islands played an intense game of fate and luck. Surviving under the hot equatorial sun without food or fresh water for up to weeks at a time was certainly not for everyone. However, when they got to the islands, neither was there a five-star hotel waiting. The introduction of life to these barren volcanic islands was a slow and extremely complex process, as it didn’t just have to arrive, but also find the appropriate habitat to survive and reproduce in a land made from molten lava and ash.
Overshadowed by the numerous sea lions lying on benches, across paths and seemingly anywhere the sun touches, the Galapagos fur seal often receives very little attention from visitors to the Galapagos. However, the numbers of the two populations are surprisingly quite similar – the difference is that while the sea lion prefers sunny beaches, the fur seal sticks to rocky, shady coastlines (largely on Isabela and Fernandina islands) where tourists are less likely to visit. This difference is due to the signature distinction between the two strikingly related species: their coats.
The Galapagos Islands is one of those destinations placed in almost everyone’s bucket list. Perhaps, what stands out the most is that it is a holiday that will transform your life…and there are many reasons for it. The natural beauty, the landscapes, the intimate contact with wildlife and the educational value of visiting a destination found nowhere else on Earth and explored exclusively by few thousands of visitors a year. Read more about Life-Changing vacation in Galapagos Islands.
The Galapagos is a cluster of volcanic islands sitting astride the equator approximately 559 miles west of South America. Situated at the Galapagos Triple Junction, the islands were formed by the tectonic shifts in the Nazca Plate. While older islands have disappeared, newer landmasses like Fernandina and Isabela are still being formed. A province of Ecuador, they have a population of slightly more than 25,000 inhabitants. Made famous by Charles Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle, the Galapagos are a popular bucket list destination with a rich history that has been woven into science, literature and the movies.
The Galapagos Islands are known for their unique species and landscapes, and that uniqueness extends to the weather. Unlike what most travelers believe, this tropical destination offer two markedly different seasons, and understanding their attributes will generate perfect satisfaction on the chosen trip. This equatorial paradise can be visited all-year round. Read more to learn about the weather when visiting the Galapagos Islands.
The Galapagos Islands are not short on beautiful marine birds; however, the Galapagos Albatross, with its wingspan measuring up to 8.2 feet, is an image of pure power and poise. The albatross, also known as the Waved Albatross, is the largest bird in the Galapagos and one of the biggest marine birds in the world, making it a highlight for many visitors to the islands.
The Galapagos Archipelago is considered to be one of the most volcanically active areas in the world. As if to prove this point, four of its volcanoes have erupted in the last 11 years alone (Sierra Negra, 2005; Cerro Azul, 2008; Fernandina, 2009; and, Wolf Volcano, 2015). Read about the Galapagos Volcanic Activity…
The extensive biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands is in part due to the natural physical barriers that exist between the islands; however, it is also a result of the wide variety of habitat zones that exist in the islands, particularly the larger ones. While the shores of the islands are typically rocky and barren, the highlands are extremely luscious and moist, and separating the two is a variety of transition habitat zones.
The Galapagos Giant Tortoise is perhaps the most well known species in the Galapagos Islands, and not without reason. These monstrous reptiles weigh up to 550 pounds and can live for up to 150 years, easily passing 100. However, while it is the longest living vertebrate and one of the largest reptiles in the world, it is also one of the rarest. Read More