THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

From white sandy beaches inhabited by playful sea lions to dramatic lava formations where iguanas bask in the sun, the Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s most captivating natural destinations. They have remained largely untouched by man, with lush highlands where giant tortoises roam and magnificent underwater landscapes where tropical fish, manta rays and sea turtles can be discovered.

The archipelago’s stunning landscapes are preserved by the Galapagos National Park, and the marine reserve ensures both resident and migratory species are protected from fishing activities. The result is a nature lover’s paradise both above and below the water where unique and endemic species have evolved to inspire countless travelers since Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking visit in 1835.

Galapagos wildlife encounters

GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE

The Galapagos Islands’ isolation has resulted in the evolution of fascinating wildlife species, including giant tortoises, lava lizards, marine iguanas and sea lions, together with blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, flightless cormorants, Darwin’s finches and Galapagos penguins.

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THE SECOND LARGEST MARINE RESERVE

Covering more than 130,000 square kilometers, the Galapagos Marine Reserve was created in 1998 to protect the archipelago’s resident and migratory marine species from illegal fishing and poaching, ensuring this fragile ecosystem and its food chain are maintained.

Galapagos national park conservation

NATIONAL PARK CONSERVATION

Galapagos National Park authorities have implemented strict regulations to help preserve the archipelago’s fragile ecosystems. These rules include being accompanied by a certified guide at all times, staying on designated walking trails and maintaining two meter’s distance from animals.

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LANDSCAPES

The Galapagos Islands feature spectacular volcanic landscapes, including distinct lava formations, black and red sand beaches, and support ecosystems which range from desert to tropical forests, together with iconic species such as endemic Palo Santo trees.

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