The Islands & their Animals

Enchanted Islands
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GALAPAGOS
The Islands & their Animals

The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of 14 larger islands and many islets. The archipelago lies about 600 miles (almost 1000 km) west of the Ecuadorian mainland in the Pacific Ocean. Each island has its own flora and fauna and some species are endemic to one particular point or island – this is what makes Galapagos so special. Some of the most representative animal species of the Enchanted Islands are the giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and sea lions. Although most people visit the Galapagos for their wildlife, the islands’ geology is equally fascinating.

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volcanic origin

The Galapagos archipelago was formed millions of years ago and while some of the first islands of the archipelago already disappeared again below the sea surface, the youngest islands in the west are still growing due to continuous volcanic activity.

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Natural Heritage Site

Due to their unique plant and wildlife on land and under water and their breathtaking sceneries, the Galapagos Islands were declared a World Natural Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1979.

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Galapagos Islands & Visitor Sites

Click on an island to learn more about its wildlife, history and visitor sites.

Galapagos Island Map
Marchena
Genovesa
Santiago
Bartholomew
Rabida
Fernandina
North Seymour
Baltra
South Plaza
Santa Cruz
Puerto
Ayora
Santa Fe
San Cristobal
Española
Floreana
Isabela
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Puerto
Baquerizo Moreno
Puerto
Villamil
Pacific Ocean
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Puerto
Velasco Ibarra
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Chinese Hat
Daphne
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