A volcanic archipelago belonging to Ecuador, this ecological wonderland is an UNESCO heritage site. Situated 600 miles east of the mainland, Galapagos consists of 13 large islands (larger than one square mile) – five of which are inhabited – and many little islets. As a diving paradise, it has over 800 species of mollusks and is home to the only breeding penguin in the northern hemisphere. In 1835, at the age of 26, Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist landed on the islands for the first time. The unique ecology of these islands inspired Darwin’s theory of natural selection as published in his manifesto, The Origin of Species, which was based on his many observations. Here penguins, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies share a home with giant Galapagos tortoises which can live to 150 years – and reach 595 pounds!
GALAPAGOS:Galapagos (8 nights)
Making a Difference at the Galapagos National Park (Budgeted)
Always dreamed about visiting the Galapagos and meeting their legendary humongous tortoises? If yes, then this is your opportunity to learn more about the fauna and flora of Galapagos and to help with ...