ABOUT THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
The Galápagos Islands may just inspire you to think differently about the world. Known for its vast number of endemic species, this isolated group of volcanic islands and its fragile ecosystem has achieved an almost mythological status as a showcase of biodiversity. This is truly one of the few places left on the planet where the human footprint is kept to a minimum, inhabited by a tame wildlife like you have never seen before.
The Galápagos Islands were made world famous after Charles Darwin visited the Islands in 1835 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle, a visit that later inspired Darwin to write the groundbreaking On the Origin of Species. The islands' importance was confirmed when the islands were declared one of the world’s first World Heritage Site in 1978 and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1984. The Galapagos National Park protects 97% of the islands.
The Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, just about two hours flight from mainland of Ecuador. The archipelago consists of 18 main islands, the largest being Isla San Cristobal, Isla Santa Cruz and Isla Isabela. Contrary to what many people might believe, people actually live in the archipelago and 5 of the Islands are inhabited. Some 26.000 people live there, mostly concentrated in the 3 towns of Puerto Ayora, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and Puerto Villamil on the 3 biggest islands.