Facts about The Galapagos Islands

| May 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

The following is the facts about the Galapagos islands.

Galapagos island is famous for its giant tortoises that are  the largest among the tortoises  in the world.

Galapagos islands are volcanic islands that are located in the Pacific ocean.  It’s about 600 kilometers west of Ecuador. There are thirteen main islands in the chain and more than a hundred smaller islands.

Today you can see orcas hunting sperm whales in Galapagos waters. The orcas also eats the Galapagos sea lions, sharks and rays.

The author of Moby Dick, Herman Melville was so excited with the Galapagos islands that he wrote a series of articles about them in The Encantadas.

The observation about life on the island made by Charles Darwin that has led him to his famous theory of evolution. One of the main islands in the Galapagos islands was named Darwin Island.

The marine iguanas are only found in Galapagos islands. The penguins in Galapagos islands are the only type of penguin that live at the equator.

Galapagos marine reserve was declared in 1986, whale and sharks sanctuary in 1990. Galapagos island is the world heritage site declared by Unesco in 2001.

Galapagos is divided in 3 zones:

Central and Southern islands

Northern islands

Western islands

There is about 800 species of mollusks were identified in Galapagos islands.

The main islands of Galapagos islands are:

Baltra

Española

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Floreana

Genovesa

Isabela

Marchena

Pinta

Pinzon

San Cristobal

Santa Cruz

Santa Fe

Santiago

Travelling to Galapagos island will provide you with the most exotic and unique holidays.

Galapagos islands are a melting pot of marine species, a great combination of polar and tropical species because the location of Galapagos islands are at the confluence of two ocean currents: the cold Humboldt Current and the warm Panama Current.

Galapagos island tours offers swimming, snorkeling and diving. Galapagos islands are one of the world’s largest wealth of nature, not only excellent holidays but also the unique  travelling experience in a lifetime.

 

 

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