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Issue #107, February 2004

1) Galapagos Islands Become World's No1 Travel Destination
2) Galapagos Scuba Diving
3) Dry Landings and a Wet Landings in Galapagos
4) Galapagos Fish

1) Galapagos Islands Become World's No1 Travel Destination: The world has unique travel destinations, and amongst those you find nature and adventure destinations. The statistics from iExplore announced the list of Top Ten World Travel Destinations as determined by the vacation purchases of its adventure and experiential travelers.

It is an honor to see that Ecuador's Galapagos Islands jump from No3 in 2002, to destination No1 in 2003, leaving behind monumental destinations like Antarctica, China, Australia, Egypt, and Alaska.

This also reflects that Galapagos travelers have reached high satisfaction levels and much is sold via word of mouth.

2) Galapagos Scuba Diving: is the Most Rewarding Aquatic Experience. Within the many wonders of our world, our oceans and seas have been the least explored. The Galapagos Islands, and its Marine Reserve (largest one in America), declared World Heritage Site in 2001, awaits thousands of visitors each year.

In Galapagos, not only land visitor sites can be explored, but also their waters, and more so their submarine highlights. Of course, you may think that snorkeling is the only way to have contact with sea lions and tropical fish, but we are going to discover together more of the marine realm of the Islands.

The unique experience of being able to breathe underwater, of not having to return to the surface for air, is simply out of this world.

This sport activity is called Scuba Diving. The word SCUBA comes from the words Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, and it refers to the capability of breathing underwater.

We are inviting to those that would like to become certified divers, to those that would like to try scuba diving just for fun (discover scuba diving program), and of course to those already certified divers to visit Galapagos, and enjoy its marine wonders.

In the whole Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands remain as the privileged most rewarding diving area, and specialized publications, like Rodale's Scuba Diving, confirm it.

To learn on how to scuba dive, you don't need previous experience, nor your own equipment, since it is all provided by our professional dive team at Finch Bay Hotel.

We hope you join us in a new marine experience, next to the best underwater wildlife.

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3) Dry Landings and a Wet Landings in Galapagos: In Galapagos we need boats that allow us access to the Islands. These boats are locally called "pangas", and their use gives us the chance to appreciate the Islands' beauty.

If you haven't visited Galapagos yet, you are probably wondering given the Islands' pristine condition how do I land on them? Well, Metropolitan Touring promotes the idea of an Expedition that is safe, educational,and fun. The landing answer is: Dry Landing.

Wet landing: as the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore. After drying their feet, they put their walking shoes on, and proceed with the walk.

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4) The Fishes of the Galapagos Islands: Out of the many marine wonders of Galapagos, its fishes represent one of the most amazing features to those that enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, or watch the marine realm with our exclusive glass-bottom boats.

The ichthyologic fauna (in other words, the fish) is unique since there is no other tropical place on Earth that delivers several marine provinces in the same geographical location.

For instance, the king angel fish (Holocanthus passer) is seen in the Sea of Cortez, Baja California, the moorish idol (Zanclus cornutus) is seen in the west Pacific, the pacific beakfish (Oplegnathus insignis) is a classic in the peruvian province, and the blue-chin parrot fish (Scarus ghobban) is seen in Panama.

The Galapagos Islands have over 500 species of fish, offering a mosaic of tropical, subtropical and even temperate species. Over time, this has generated about 86 endemic species to Galápagos (17%), and by all means a critical need for the protection of marine ecosystems.

This extreme biodiversity is unique to the Galapagos Islands. The waters of Galapagos are being officially protected since 1986, when they were declared Marine Reserve, and later in 2001, World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Motivating guests to have their first-ever contact with Galapagos fish, may well be the beginning of a totally new adventure.

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