The Galapagos Islands are unique - probably the only place on earth where we can get a real sense of what the world was like before humans.
Galapagos - The Facts
How Many Islands: 13
Official Language: Spanish
Currency: US Dollar
Official Name: Archipielago de Colon
Total Area: 7880k2 (3040 square miles)
Calling Code: 00 593 (5)
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A group of 13 islands lying in the Pacific Ocean 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos are a fascinating living laboratory. Each island is host to its own extraordinary mix of flora and fauna that has been blown or washed across from mainland South America and forced to adapt to survive. From the youngest Island Fernandina which is still being formed, to the oldest island Espanola formed 3.5 million years ago, each has its own unique landscape and set of ecosystems.
What makes theses islands truly unique is that they have remained isolated from predators (most notably humans) for most of their history. The result is a unique and diverse range of animals that are totally unafraid of humans. From breeding boobies, to flightless cormorants, to iguanas and giant tortoises, the fearlessness of the fauna here is astounding.
Thanks to ongoing conservation work by the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Research Station, the Galapagos remain largely the way Darwin saw them over 170 years ago -- a pristine natural habitat and an inspiration for anyone with a love of the natural word.
The best way to visit Galapagos is by boat. For both our expert led and tailor-made trips we use sailing and motor yachts designed for 16 passengers or less, which we believe is the best way to get the most out of your visit to the Galapagos -- sailing gently between the islands, they bring you closer to nature.
Declared a World Natural Heritage site by UNESCO, the Galapagos Islands is both a national park (established in 1959) and a marine reserve (established in 1998) protecting over 1,714,000 acres of land and around 133,000 sq km of the Pacific Ocean.
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