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GALAPAGOS  ISLANDS  -  ECUADOR


The Galapagos Islands are located some 600 miles (about 1,000 kilometers) West off the coast of Ecuadorís mainland.
 

The archipelago's climate is sub-tropical and its flora and fauna are so biologically diverse that this group of islands is considered to be one of the planetís natural paradises. The flora and fauna youíll find here are truly unique. We find unending beaches of marble white sand, such as those of Tortuga Bay, tunnels of lava, spectacular diving areas, and a marine reserve, not to mention the prehistoric animals and colorful birds youíll get a chance to observe.

 

The Galapagos islands consist of thirteen main islands that make up the archipelago and there are two airports with flights to Quito and Guayaquil.

 

This paradise for nature lovers and cruise fanatics alike is an amazing destination only few travelers have been able to reach due to high restrictions from the government to keep the wildlife and the islands as pristine as possible. The best way to discover the Galapagos islands is by boat and there is surely a vessel available for your needs and expectations.

 

Latin Tours Online represent a large number of vessels in the archipelago (check back often) and trips can be combined with land programs on mainland Ecuador or why not, extend your trip to Peru for a visit the Amazon or Cuzco and Machu Picchu.

 

On the Galapagos Islands we can appreciate and explore the pristine state of the complex, constantly evolving ecosystem that has made the Galapagos so famous. On the island of Floreana, for example, you can visit Post Office Bay, The Black Beach, Flamingos Lagoon, Cormorant Point, or The Piratesí Caves. There are also areas to scuba dive, such as La Corona del Diablo. On Genovesa, the frigate birds, furry seals, marine iguanas, tropical birds, red-footed boobies, and masked boobies all stand out. On Fernandina, there are sea lions, iguanas, pelicans, penguins, and cormorants. On Espanola, you can appreciate the dance of the Blue-footed Booby or the courting of the Albatross. In other words, there is so much to see on the islands that you need to visit it yourself.

 

The Galapagos Islands were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1978 and were internationally recognized as a Biosphere Reserve under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program in 1984. In 1986, the Galapagos Marine Resources Reserve was established including all waters within 15 nautical miles of a baseline joining the outermost points of the Galapagos Islands. This was upgraded to a Biological Reserve of Marine Resources in December 1996.
 

The Galapagos National Park was established on 14 May 1936, at that time the boundary of the national park was fixed to include all Galapagos Islands, except those which had already been colonized as of 20 July 1959. After final establishment of the boundaries in 1968, 96% of the land area of the archipelago was included in the park. The Galapagos National Park contributes to the development of the insular region in accordance with the characteristics and capacity of the unique Galapagos ecosystems.
 

The Galapagos National Park contributes to the development of the insular region in accordance with the characteristics and capacity of the unique Galapagos ecosystems. In many occasions, policies and procedures have been defined and ratified in order to support a selective and special development in accordance with the specific conditions of the islands.


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