Galapagos Map and the Islands Location

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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Where are the Galapagos Islands Located?


  • 1,000 Km West off Ecuador (Pacific Ocean, North West of South America)
  • Longitude 90°W; Latitude 0° 00''


  • 7,882 km2 land; 45,000 km2 water
  • 53,000 km2 total; Length: 430 Km

Island Distribution:

  • 13 major, 6 minor, 42 islets, 256 rocks
  • National Park since 1959
  • Marine Reserve since 1986
  • Population: 20,000

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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