There is a small cluster of volcanic islands located west of Ecuador and dispersed on either side of the Equator that has become synonymous with pretty revolutionary scientific ideas. We are talking about the wondrous Galapagos Islands and scientists’ fascination with this archipelago. As you probably know, the most famous visitor to Galapagos was the young Charles Darwin who came here in 1835. Soon after his return to England, Darwin, inspired by the Galapagos finches, established his theory of evolution by natural selection.
Whether you have or don’t have an aptitude for science, the Galapagos Islands should be on your list of extraordinary places to see. Before you embark of this one-of-a-kind journey, it might come handy to you to read two comprehensive guides to the islands – ‘Galápagos: the Islands that Changed the World’ by Paul D. Stewart, and Henry Nicholls’ ‘Galápagos: A Natural History’. Although, as good as they are, these books can never prepare you for what you are about to see when you set foot on the Galapagos.
Biodiversity and the wildlife here is something that you cannot help but marvel at – Sally Lightfoots crabs, iguanas, seals, giant tortoises, albatrosses, sea lions, dolphins, killer whales, rays and sharks. If you are a fan of scuba diving, you should definitely go diving at a volcanic crater called Gordon Rocks. Or you can just snorkel and sunbathe at sandy beaches here. Also, once at the Galapagos, be observant of the fragility of its eco-system and the impact that your visit will have on it.
To get to the Galapagos, you can book four- or seven-night trips on a cruise boat which leaves from either Baltra or San Cristobal islands. watch the video from Google below
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