Found 563 mi (906 km) off the western coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are located smack dab on the Equator. There are 13 major islands and 7 islets to explore during your trip to this fantastic destination.
For eons, the Galapagos Islands were completely cut off from the rest of the world, a haven for wildlife. The creatures that have evolved on these islands are exclusive to this region, and were studied by the famous biologist and scientist Charles Darwin, one of the greatest minds mankind has ever known.
While there is no known indigenous population, there are few local residents that live on the islands, deemed a national park and biological marine reserve. Officially a part of Ecuador, the islanders are mainly Spanish speaking, and the population has blossomed since the late 1970’s.
The biggest draw for visitors, other than diving, are the astounding creatures to be found on land. Massive Galapagos Tortoises and Blue Footed Boobies are easily discovered and approached on the islands’ interiors.
Flights to the Galapagos originate in Ecuador at José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil or Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito and continue to Isla San Cristobal or Isla Baltra (Seymour).