The Magical Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands or the Galapagos is an archipelago of 13 volcanic islands and rocks situated in the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 kilometers north-west coast of South America.
Politically, the Galapagos are part of Ecuador. Oldest island about 4 million years old and the youngest is still in process of formation. Galapagos is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
Galapagos is famous for great endemis count species and research by Charles Darwin that led him to the theory of natural selection.
The islands are divided into two parts: north and south of the equator. The equator passes through the northern part of the largest island, Isabella.
Galapagos designated as a nature reserve in 1959, protecting 97.5% of this archipelago. The rest given to the human settlements that already existed at that time. Approximately 1,000 to 2,000 people living there. At 1972sebuah 3488 census and the number of people registered.
Until the 1980s, this number had increased to 15,000 people.
In 1986 the sea around it is expressed as a marine reserve. UNESCO define Galapagos as a World Heritage Site in 1978 which later extended in December 2001 to include the marine reserve. Charles Darwin Foundation is dedicated to the maintenance of the islands was established in Belgium in 1959.
Galapagos Islands are blessed by an equatorial location, as such it has great climate all year around. However you do have to be aware that June to December is their dry season and January to May are considered the wet season. In the wet season you may be faced with tropical down pours quite a lot.
There are plenty to do on and off land in the Galapagos islands. If you love boating, September-October are perfect months for it. If you are into wildlife, you can find plenty of birds here all year around. There are also amazing turtles who you can watch nesting, or go for a swim with. You can certainly reconnect with nature here if you choose to. Galapagos offers great spots for diving and snorkelling as well as other adventures like kayaking, mountain biking and horse back riding.