The following Galapagos Map shows the major Islands which are located in the Pacific Ocean, North West of South America.
Exactly 1000 Km. (600 miles) off Ecuador's Pacific Coast.
They were born by undersea volcanic activity, 5 million years ago.
These Galapagos Islands 13 major, 6 smaller ones, and scores of islets are all part of Ecuador's National Park
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The Galapagos Islands emerged about five million years ago, give or take a million, as a result of violent volcanic action. In geological terms, this should be considered a recent event.
As the young Islands were cooling off, say, two million years later, some species gradually arrived.
They were live organisms riding, then as today, rafts of vegetation from the shores of Central and South America.
These early immigrants had to adapt to a peculiar new environment, and simply evolved slowly in a different direction from their continental ancestors.
And, wonders of nature, they developed species unique to the Islands, with features not seen in their past ancestors.
NOTE: There are no International Airlines that fly directly to the Galapagos Islands yet. You must fly to Ecuador first, either to Quito or Guayaquil and from any of these cities take a national flight to the Islands. Here's a Good Source to Buy Economic Flights to Ecuador
The only populated Islands are: Baltra, Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela and Floreana. The Galapagos Archipeago was discovered in 1535 by Bishop Tomas de Berlanga
Population of the Galapagos Islands: Approximately 20,000 inhabitants by 2011.
There are two airports, the main one at Baltra Island (You arrive and departure from this airport) and the other at San Cristobal Island.
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