Galapagos tour - Galapagos Islands wildlife & marine life info
In this section of our Galapagos tour website we present you with information on the Islands, their wildlife, marine life, geology and the unique aspects that make these "Enchanted Isles" one of the top nature destinations on the planet.
Take a virtual tour and learn about this natural wonder, browse through our knowledge base and find your reason to visit.
Overview of the Islands
The Galapagos are very much a work-in-progress. The islands that make up the archipelago were forged by hundreds of thousands of years of successive volcanic eruptions that continue today. Having literally risen from the sea, the Galapagos are in a position of near absolute isolation – perfect for evolution ad Mr. Darwin discovered. In 1979, UNESCO declared the Galapagos Islands a “Natural patrimony of Humanity” because of their incredible number of endemic species. They contain more distinct species of flora and fauna than any other place on earth. As a collection of volcanic island within a few hundred kilometers of the equator, the Galapagos provides incomparable landscapes and an exceptional climate.
The Galapagos Islands, officially known as the Archipelago of Colon, sit in the Pacific Ocean 972 kilometers off the coast of Ecuador. The best way to explore the unparalleled natural wonders of the Galapagos is by small yacht. The archipelago covers approximately 8.000 km2 and consists of six main islands ( Isabela, Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Floreana, Santiago and Fernandina ), 12 smaller islands 42 islets, and countless small rock formations.