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For centuries the isolated and severe Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador have enchanted the minds and imaginations of scientists, adventurers, and nature-lovers of every stripe. Known for years as “las islas encatadas,” the Galapagos Islands continue to live up to their name. Yet today, the basis of their appeal grows from mystery to scientific inquiry.

The island archipelago of the Galapagos was the first location to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also on UNESCO’s World Heritage in Danger list due to the rapidly declining populations of its rare species.

Galapagos Islands Wildlife

The Islands are largely famous for Galapagos tortoises and the land and marine iguanas. Indeed, they are part of the Charles Darwin Research Center’s repopulation projects. Other species of note include the Galapagos penguin, frigatebird, Galapagos sea lion, blue-footed booby, a number of finches, the flightless cormorant, and the Galapagos hawk. Many of the wild denizens of the Galapagos Islands exist nowhere else on earth.

Thankfully, careful management and contamination control have allowed original ecosystems to regain their footing. After generations of protection, these animals will walk, waddle, or swim right up to visitors. Therefore, Galapagos Island travel often promises such special wildlife encounters.

How to See the Galapagos

A small ship cruise between the various islands of the archipelago will help you experience these and many other species of flora and fauna in their native environment. In addition, there are snorkeling opportunities around several of the islands. This will allow you see up close the wonder of the Galapagos marine ecosystem. Don’t be surprised if a friendly sea lion swims up for a closer look.

For those who choose to stay on the main land, consider taking day trips to surrounding islands via private boat. Ask your Ker & Downey Ecuador luxury travel consultant about the various ways to explore this unique and fragile place. We work with only the most responsible and ethical tour operators so that the only thing changed by your visit is the way you see the world.

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