"Galapagos" Galápagos Islands by elsadran

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The islands consist of 13 major ones, 17 small ones and about 40 rocks. 5 of them are inhabited nowadays, with the most devoloped ones being Santa Cruz and San Cristobal. Wildlife is unique and fearless. You can be swimming with the sealions performing their graceful dance around you. I remember I was shouting like a small child overjoyed with hapiness when it happened to me. You can look into the lovely eyes of a sea lion, lying nonchalantly on the shore. And you should walk carefully to avoid stepping on a marine iguana, busking in the sun, absolutely still.
The islands were discovered by the Spanish in 1535. They were uninhabited then. For years they were used as terrible undesired places of exile and punishment. In 1835 Ecuador claimed sovereignty over them. Three years later Charles Darwin charmed by their unique natural qualities made his research and studies to develop his theory of evolution. Many offers of other nations to get them for military purposes for their great strategical location, were rejected by Ecuador. During World War II the Americans established a military base in Baltra, which has been used as an airport since the end of the world.

There are two airports now, one on Baltra from where you can take the ferry and go to Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora. This is the main population center where there is everything necessary for your stay. The other one is on San Cristobal island, in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Using these two as a base you can explore many islands taking regular boats or private ones. Depending on how much you want to see and how dedicated a natural lover you are you need 1 or 2 weeks to do justice to the natural wonder of Galapagos.
The best time to come is March and April because the weather is calm and it is the nesting season.

  • Last visit to Galápagos Islands: Dec 2007
  • Intro Updated May 29, 2008
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  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Great photos - especially like the one you in a tortoise shell! SL :)

  • Agraichen's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Excellent descriptions of the islands and their environment. Next time you pass through Quito, dine at the Theatre restaurant in the historic district. A bit pricey, but well worth the cost.

  • janetanne's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Yasou Elsa! Your Galapagos pages are really superb. How fortunate you were to have been able to go there. Where have your travels taken you this summer, 2008?

  • AKHTARSAYYAD's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2008 at 4:27 AM

    nice photos ! akhtar

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Incredible page of an amazing place - Galapagos Islands are very beautiful. My fav pic is "inside the tortoise shell" :) What a wonderful birthday present to be able to visit this paradise on earth. SL :)

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