Located some 600 miles off the Pacific Coast
of Ecuador, there are 13 main islands and
48 other small islands with a total population
of 10,000 scattered among five different
locations. Only 65,000 visitors are allowed
to visit the islands each year.
The Galapagos is a rare destination where
you become accustomed to being surprised.
Nothing quite compares to the joy of observing
animals in the wild here, or the sense of
wonder and privilege felt while spending
time with animals who don't run or fly
away when humans approach, and are truly
unique treasures of our earth.
Composed almost exclusively of volcanic rock,
the Galapagos Islands thrust their bleak
profiles from the Pacific Ocean 600 miles
west of mainland Ecuador. It was here that
Darwin found the perfect conditions to formulate
his evolutionary theory: that far from the
ravages of the continents, life evolved into
a strange sub-world of specialized creatures
who adapted to their harsh environment in
an amazing variety of ways.
Select the tabs on the left to 'visit'
the islands. Click on the small photos to
see a larger image and to view a slideshow.