Galapagos Islands Information

Galapagos Islands Information with a complete review about this isolated Archipelago located near Ecuador.


The Galapagos Islands are located approximately 600 miles west of the country of Ecuador Northwest of South America.

The Islands are composed by 13 stunning Islands (of which 5 are inhabited), surrounded by countless smaller islets and rock outcroppings. Straddling the equator, these volcanic islands are host to some of the most exotic and unique life forms on Earth.

It is a World Heritage site, the Galapagos Islands or the Archipelago of Colon (which is the official name), is a province of Ecuador as well as a national park and a marine reserve.

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These tiny volcanic Islands are around just 4 to 5 million years old, making them quite young in comparison to the Earth.

Washed by tropical waters of the Panama Current from the north and the cold, nutrient-rich waters of the Humboldt Current from the south plus the Cromwell Current from the west, the Galapagos Islands feature an amazing diversity of sea life.

An interesting Galapagos Islands information fact is that all of the Galapagos reptilian species, nearly half of the bird species and roughly 25% of the fish found here are all endemic.

This means that most of the Galapagos Wildlife seen here cannot be found anywhere else on earth, making the Galapagos a true wildlife paradise.

These animals became the inspiration for Charles Darwin's landmark theories on natural selection.

The terrestrial and marine environments in Galapagos create a multiplicity of attractive and unique landscapes which have captivated generation of tourists and scientists.

Giant Tortoises Marine Iguanas Land Iguanas and Lava Lizards constitute the most spectacular reptile group found anywhere.

The Galapagos Islands information laid here will definitely inspire the adventuresome nature photographers both above and within the sea.

If you like diving, you will discover that the waters of the Galapagos Islands are a treasure full of riches.

The Islands feature an abundance of large pelagic animals, vast schools of fish, rare marine mammals and exotic reptiles, and an intricate variety of invertebrates. Here's more information on scuba diving vacations

Swim underwater with breathtaking schools of Hammerhead Sharks Garden eels, Tropical Penguins manta rays, Endemic Sea Lions Whale Sharks, Galapagos Sharks and a host of brightly Colorful Fish among some of the most pristine coral reefs in the world.

As part of this Galapagos Islands information review we can say that the Islands are blessed with the pleasant Galapagos weather all year round.

This means that there is no better time to visit these precious Islands, because every month of the year is just great to visit them.

If you enjoy a good Snorkeling Adventure fishing, Kayaking or Scuba Diving then the Galapagos is definitely the place for you.

With a stunning array of marine life, these islands offer some world class scuba diving and snorkeling for novices as well as experts.

Birdwatching is another important Galapagos Islands information fact since it is very popular in the Galapagos.

With a plethora of migrant and endemic birds to spot, coming here is a birdwatcher dream.

Spot the 13 endemic species of Darwin's Finches or try to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Waved albatross, the aerobic Firgatebird, the flightless Cormorant, or the comical boobies.

Birds are represented by more than 13 species of varying finches and also by flightless cormorants, small penguins, sparrow hawks, flamingos, albatrosses and boobies, among others. See More Galapagos Birds information

With so many excellent chances for the perfect shot, these Islands are a photographer's dream destination.

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This was just a small review, but if you want more in depth Galapagos Islands information, you can use the navigation bar on the left of this page to find specific topics you might be interest about this Archipelago.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides). Click to order from Amazon

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading!

There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.


Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands. Click to order from Amazon

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers.

Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!


Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in.

Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!


Moon Spotlight Galapagos. Click to order from Amazon

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier.

But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you.

Small, well-priced, and reliable!


Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table.

This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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