Explore Galapagos

Explore Galapagos

Discover these 21 unique gems of the sparkling equatorial Pacific.

The Galapagos Islands

Off the west coast of Ecuador, are unique jewels set in the shimmering waters of the Pacific Ocean. The volcanic archipelago is comprised of 18 large islands, of which four are inhabited, and three smaller ones. The island chain was discovered accidentally by Bishop Thomas de Berlanga in 1535. For many centuries the lands remained uninhabited, frequented only by passing buccaneers and pirates, who stopped to stock up on tortoise meat and provisions of fresh water.

Each island is different and hosts a vast array of plant and animal life. In fact, the area has been known for its great number of endemic species since Charles Darwin traveled to the Galapagos in 1835. Darwin was impressed with the variety and fearlessness of the animals. Research done while on the islands, and analysis of the samples of wildlife that he collected during his stay, led him to develop the Theory of Evolution.

In 1959, the archipelago was declared a national park, and in 1978, UNESCO declared the Galapagos a Natural Heritage Site. Nicknamed the Enchanted Islands, they are a truly unique place for anyone who is passionate about nature lovers and yachting.

The Galapagos Islands

Off the west coast of Ecuador, are unique jewels set in the shimmering waters of the Pacific Ocean. The volcanic archipelago is comprised of 18 large islands, of which four are inhabited, and three smaller ones. The island chain was discovered accidentally by Bishop Thomas de Berlanga in 1535. For many centuries the lands remained uninhabited, frequented only by passing buccaneers and pirates, who stopped to stock up on tortoise meat and provisions of fresh water.

Each island is different and hosts a vast array of plant and animal life. In fact, the area has been known for its great number of endemic species since Charles Darwin traveled to the Galapagos in 1835. Darwin was impressed with the variety and fearlessness of the animals. Research done while on the islands, and analysis of the samples of wildlife that he collected during his stay, led him to develop the Theory of Evolution.

In 1959, the archipelago was declared a national park, and in 1978, UNESCO declared the Galapagos a Natural Heritage Site. Nicknamed the Enchanted Islands, they are a truly unique place for anyone who is passionate about nature lovers and yachting.

where are the GALAPAGOS ISLANDS?

The archipelago is located 973 km (605 mi) of the west coast of South America. It lies directly on the Equator in the Pacific Ocean. The islands are part of the country of Ecuador. The combined land area is just over 7,880 square km (3,040 square miles) and they are inhabited by just over 25,000 people.
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what is the best way to see the GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Because only four of the islands are inhabited, the majority of beautiful spots are hidden and can only be reached by boat. Plus, many land and marine species that live on the islands exist nowhere else on Earth. A lack of natural predators means that the wildlife often does not flee when approached. This makes the area an incredibly rich cruising ground and sailing the Galapagos offers the unique experience in nature. Captains, crew, sail boat and yacht owners, and passengers all agree that the Galapagos has something special for everyone. Don’t miss this amazing place.

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