Welcome to the Galapagos Islands!

As the animals on the Galapagos Islands have never been hunted by humans, they did not develop the fear nor the instincts to run away from us. This is one of the only place left on earth where humans and animals can interact and live harmoniously together. Therefore priority is given to the protection and conservation of wildlife and nature on the Galapagos Islands.

The Galapagos Islands are situated at the equator at around 940 kilometres from the Ecuadorian coast with 19 large main islands and 100 smaller islands. 97 percent of the land area and 99 percent of the surrounding water bodies of the Galapagos Islands are national parks which are regulated under strict environmental protection laws. The islands are formed by ongoing seismic and volcanic activity which spread across 120,000 km² of the ocean with 8000 km² of land area. The islands in the archipelago like Fernandina Island are relatively young as compared to other oceanic islands with high levels of volcanic activity. San Cristóbal Island located in the east is only 4 million years old, while submerged underwater islands in the archipelago are estimated to be around 5 to 14 million years old. Some of the species found on the islands have ancestors dating back to 3 to 4 million years while only five islands are inhabited.

The Untouched Nature of the Galapagos Islands

Up to 95 percent of the Flora and Fauna on the Galapagos Islands are untouched in their natural state. With the introduction of tourism in the 1970s to the Galapagos Islands, more measures and efforts are in place to ensure the protection of this precious ecosystem. For example, in 1959, the islands were established as national parks and it was listed under UNESCO World Heritage sites since 1978. The water body around the Galapagos Islands is also a wildlife sanctuary that is protected under the Galapagos Marine Reserve. 

Check out our list of monthly animal activities and climate in the Galapagos Islands below! 

The Works of Evolution

After visiting the Galapagos Islands in September 1835, Charles Darwin developed his theory on The Origin of the Species. Even today, visitors can still feel the influence and legacy left behind by Darwin. For example, the different shapes and patterns of tortoise shells on different islands would allow visitors to witness the works of evolution first hand!

There is no place on earth like the Galapagos Islands where you can come into such close and immediate contact with its fascinating wildlife. Is it a common sight to see sea lions lounging on park benches while penguins rest and relax on beaches even with humans nearby. Divers can enjoy swimming with all kinds of sea creatures and even sharks. So join our Galapagos Islands tour and let us bring you to this paradise on earth!

animal activities and climate in the Galapagos Islands

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The Galapagos Islands at a glance

Area: Land area of more than 8,000 km2, which is comparable to the Aegean – all national parks

Population: Approx. 25,000 inhabitants, mainly mestizos on 4 islands

Arrival: Only by flight from Ecuador (Quito and Guayaquil) to the airports on Baltra Island and San Cristóbal Island

Transport: Explore the national park on different islands by cruise or hotel’s ship. Car, bicycle and horseback riding are used for traveling within the islands.