Map of Galapagos Islands with its location and showcasing the beauty of this famous Archipelago in South America.
The exact Galapagos location in the world are: 1° 40' N--1° 36' S--89° 16' E--92° 01' W. This means that the Galapagos Islands are located right on the Equator Line.
The Galapagos Archipelago is situated approximately 1,000 kilometers west of the Ecuadorian coast. The Archipelago is composed with over 50 Islands of volcanic origin that are spread out over an area of about 4,500 square kilometers.
The Galapagos Islands are from a volcanic origin and the Galapagos platform originated probably not more than 15 million years ago and the oldest Island not more than 2.4 million years ago.
Constant Volcanic Eruptions still occur in these Islands. The most recent eruptions took place on Fernandina Island at the Cumbre Volcano and the Sierra Negra volcano on Isabela Island.
Santa Cruz Island
In this Island, you can find all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. It is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station (Scientists from all over the globe work at the station and conduct biological research from anatomy to zoology) and you can see giant tortoises all year round.
You can visit Los Gemelos The Twins, which are a pair of large pit craters where you can see the bright red male vermilion flycatcher. Visit also the tunnels, the largest lava tubes found in Galapagos.
The town of Puerto Ayora is the capital city of this Island. It is the largest town in the Galapagos. Perfect location to buy souvenirs, mail postcards and relax. More About Santa Cruz Island
In the map of Galapagos it shows that this is the biggest Island in this Archipelago. It is perfect for hiking.
Discover a salt-water lagoon, flamingo lagoon, a scenic overlook, and a spectacular view of lava fields, volcanic formations and the ocean.
You will see graffiti dating back to the 1800's written on the rocky cliffs.
Explore Tagus Cove in pangas or sea kayaks and find Galapagos penguins and other seabirds. More About Isabela Island
When you visit Bartolome, you will feel like walking on the moon. After a dry landing, climb 30 minutes up a steep slope to the summit of a once active volcano.
From the top, gaze out across a panoramic view including the famous Pinnacle Rock an eroded tuff cone.
Enjoy snorkeling with schools of tropical fish. Penguins often swim in this area.
On the other side of the Island encounter sea turtles and white-tipped sharks. More About Bartolome Island
Genovesa or Tower Island is one of the most spectacular Islands in Galapagos.
After a wet landing on Darwin Bay's coral beach, wind your way past tide pools where swallow-tailed and lava gulls gather.
Enter a forest of mangroves where colonies of great frigate birds nest.
You can take a "panga" or dinghy ride along the jagged shoreline and see beautiful red-billed tropic birds among other species.
At Prince Philip's Steps, find storm petrels and the elusive short-eared owl, and watch the famous red-footed boobies nesting in palo santo trees. More About Genovesa Island
The Islands in this map of Galapagos might appear to be desolate. But, these rough and rocky Islands are home to wonderfully unique and abundant wildlife.
As Charles Darwin some 200 years before us, we marvel at the highly adapted creatures found nowhere else on Earth.
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!