In the map of Galapagos Islands below you will see that this is an Archipelago composed of various Islands.
The Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, 600 miles west of the country of Ecuador in South America.
The Galapagos Archipelago is composed by 13 main Islands, 6 smaller ones, and more than 40 islets.
Here is where the Galapagos Giant Turtles live. The Islands occupy around 50,000 sq km (19,500 sq miles) of Ocean.
The Galapagos Islands map might be better understood with the following picture. The green area in the map below is South America, the small yellow colored figure is the country of Ecuador and to the left of it is a series of small dots that represent the Galapagos Islands.
The Equator line crosses the Islands as well as Ecuador.
The Galapagos Islands are well known for its spectacular wildlife, many of which can only be seen in this Archipelago.
The Galapagos is the only place on Earth where animals are not afraid of humans and you can approach them easily without causing them to run or fly away.
Among these animals you can see: Giant tortoises, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins, the exotic Marine Iguana of Galapagos red and blue footed boobies, sharks and much more.
Most of the animals in Galapagos are endemic to the Islands. This Archipelago is also very popular for Scuba Diving Activities
The Islands are from a volcanic origin and recently there has been a Galapagos Volcano Eruption at La Cumbre volcano on Fernandina Island and another one at Sierra Negra Volcano located on Isabela Island.
The biggest Island that you see in this map of Galapagos Islands is Isabela. This Island also has the highest mountain in the Islands: Wolf volcano 5,600 ft (1,707 mts) it is located North of Isabela Island.
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The Island has 4 more volcanoes: Darwin, Alcedo, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul.
San Cristobal Island is located at the right of the above map of Galapagos Islands. This is where the Galapagos Capital City is located. There's much to see and lots of activities to enjoy at San Cristobal Island.
It is worth to mention that Charles Darwin visited the Islands on 1835 just three years after Ecuador took possession of the Galapagos. More About Charles Darwin History
The real name of the Galapagos Islands is "Archipelago de Colon" but are mostly known worldwide by Galapagos which is the name of the Giant Tortoise that inhabit this set of Islands.
In 1959 these set of Islands were declared a National Park and the Charles Darwin Research Station was established to protect the animals of Galapagos.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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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