Little Gem of the Month
The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of Volcanic Islands distributed on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean. The Galapagos Islands and surrounding waters form the Galapagos Province of Ecuador, the Galapagos National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve.
The islands are famed for their endemic species that were studied by Charles Darwin.
A visit here may just inspire you to think differently about the world. Most exciting for visitors is the lack of fear and even curiosity with which the Galápagos animals typically regard humans. Incredible, up-close encounters are the norm here.
Most of the islands are devoid of vegetation and some look more like the moon than Hawaii, so not tropical islands as you may think. The isolated group of volcanic islands and its fragile ecosystem has taken on almost mythological status as a showcase of biodiversity. Yet you don’t have to be an evolutionary biologist or an ornithologist to appreciate one of the few places left on the planet where the human footprint is kept to a minimum.
The islands have two airports, Isla Baltra and Isla San Cristóbal, which have regular flights from mainland cities Quito and Guayaquil. Accommodation is available on several of the islands, and public boat and plane services allow visitors to move about the archipelago. Experience the Galápagos Islands by small ship cruise or from a land base travelling out by day boat. Whether your interests are bird watching, diving, snorkeling, surfing, or another activity an appropriate tour option exists.
All pictures by kind permission of John Brisland.