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Galapagos Islands toursGalapagos Islands located more than 950 kilometers off the coast of Ecuador- are an obsession and an inescapable destination for the explorers and travellers that yearn getting closer with nature.

Considered like an outdoors laboratory, this archipelago of the Pacific Ocean has 125 islands and small barren islands of volcanic origin, that have emerged from the bottom of the sea about 3 to 5 million years back. Its total surface is of 8,009 square kilometers, 97% of which comprise the National Park Galapagos. It was in these islands, discovered in 1535 by the Spanish clergyman Fray Tomas de Berlanga, where the famous naturalist Charles Darwin found the foundations that sustained the theories of his revolutionary the origin of the species, book published in 1859, 24 years after the author disembarked for the first time in Galapagos.

Genovesa (Tower): Tower Island is formed by the remaining edges of a large crater this is now mostly submerged: it is also known as “bird island,” and it certainly lives up to its name. Darwin Bay Beach is filled with frigate birds and their bustling activity. Along the trail are pairs of swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gulls in the world; and red-footed boobies, with their contrasting red feet and blue bills.

Bartolome: This island has a moonlike panorama where, after a dry landing, a 600 meter visitor's path takes you to the 114 mt. summit of the island. Here is where one has the most dramatic view of the islands looking onto Sullivan Bay and Pinnacle Rock. You can find the Galapagos Penguin between January and March, and the marine tortoises that come to nest on the sandy beaches.

Galapagos, Santa Cruz islandSanta Cruz: Is the second largest island in the Galapagos. A road crosses the island from north to south, giving a good opportunity of seeing some of the highland interior. The small town of Puerto Ayora is the economic center of the Archipielago, with the highest population and greatest number of tourist facilities. Most visitors stay in Puerto Ayora while arranging a boat or sometimes anchor in the harbor of Academy Bay during their cruise. The Charles Darwin Research Station is based on Santa Cruz.

Plazas:  This is one of the smallest island, encompassing only 12 hectares, but perhaps the most picturesque in the archipelago. Visits are on the eastern part of one of two small adjoining islands uplifted from the sea through differential faulting. After a wet landing, admire a sea lion colony waddling on the rocks. Here you can also find land iguanas, red-billed tropic birds, colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and a not so abundant vegetation of criptocarpus and sesuvium bushes and opuntia cacti.

Santa Fé: Has an area of 24 km² and a maximum altitude of 259 metres. Santa Fe hosts a forest of Opuntia cactus, which are the largest of the archipelago, and Palo Santo. Weathered cliffs provide a haven for swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, shear-waters petrels. Santa Fe species of land iguanas are often seen, as well as lava lizards. There is a picturesque turquoise lagoon and calm waters where snorkeling can be done along with sea lions.

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Darwin Research Station

Darwin Research Station

Galapagos National ParkGalapagos National Park
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