Galapagos Location

Galapagos Location in the world. The Islands are of volcanic origin and are crossed by the equatorial line.


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The Galapagos Islands are one of the most famous National Parks in the world due to their unique flora and fauna.

The Galapagos Islands, paradise of evolution, is located 1,000 km (600 miles) from the coastline of the Country of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean.

The Archipelago consists of 61 Islands and islets, with 13 main Islands.

The total land area is 7,882 square kilometers within a marine reserve of 45,000 square kilometers.

The 13 main Islands are Espanola, Fernandina, Floreana, Genovesa, Isabela, Marchena, Pinta, Pinzon, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, and Santiago.

The exact Galapagos location is Longitude 90°W; Latitude 0° 00'' right on the Equator.

The Galapagos sprouted out of the Pacific from a sub oceanic lava vent on the ocean floor. The same process created the Hawaiian Islands, and nowadays this process continues in both island groups.

Geologically the Galapagos Islands are situated on one of the most active volcanic regions on Earth: the Nazca Plate.

Even though they are in the tropics, the Islands are fortunate, since, they are not in the path of big storms or other natural phenomena.

Traveling to the Galapagos Islands is a way to step back in time, visiting a quiet, untouched place on Earth. This paradise is the ideal place for those who want to be in a pure and natural habitat, enjoying natural history and wildlife.

Galapagos Location Facts

  • Land Territory: 4,897 sq miles (7,880 sq km)
  • Original Name: Archipielago de Colon
  • Population: Approximately 20,000 people
  • Yearly Visitors: 180,000
  • Capital City: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in San Cristobal Island
  • Currency: U.S. Dollar (USD)
  • Languages: Spanish (official) and English

Top Galapagos Attractions

Birdwatching: The Galapagos Islands are a bird watcher's dream, especially if you're set on seeing and identifying all 13 Darwin Finches (endemic to Galapagos).

Enjoy watching also waved Albatrosses, flightless Cormorants, boobies and countless other endemic birds of the Islands.

Galapagos Sea Kayaking: Kayak between sea lions, marine iguanas, and colorful tropical fish.

Kayaking in Galapagos will allow you to see the wonderful wildlife of these Islands in a closer and more personal way from behind the paddle of a sea kayak.

Galapagos Scuba Diving: Listed as one of the top diving spots in the world, diving in Galapagos is a dream come true.

Whale Sharks, White Tips, Hammerheads, Garden Eels, Sea Lions, whales, schools of colorful fish, corals, and crystal clear water characterize a typical adventure day diving in the Islands.

Galapagos Snorkeling: Snorkeling in Galapagosis an amazing adventure activity.

You'll see everything from sharks and turtles to penguins and boobies flopping around the water. You can spend hours in the water enjoying its marine life.

Galapagos Hiking: You can find a few adventure trails on San Cristobal and Santa Cruz Islands.

The Galapagos guides can point out the fascinating details of the Islands, turning the hike into an encyclopedic experience.

Galapagos Beaches: If you want to just relax and go to the beach, try out Turtle Bay on Santa Cruz Island. The beach is magnificent, it has fine, white sand. It is great for surfing, body boarding, and catching rays.

The Galapagos Islands appeared from lava eruptions that came from the bottom of the ocean and that rise as much as 2.600 feet above sea level. Lava from more than 2.000 craters has continuously altered the terrain of the region.

Now that you know the Galapagos location, is time for you to visit and explore these magnificent Islands any time of the year. Learn More About Our Economic Galapagos Tours here

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