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Galapagos

About Galapagos

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Located 600 miles (1000 kilometers) off the coast of continental Ecuador, a country to which they belong, the Galapagos Islands are one of the most fantastic natural areas of the world, considered as a "living laboratory" of nature.The islands are also recognized as the birthplace of the famous theory of evolution of Charles Darwin that marked a turning point for biology, science and natural history from the mid-18th Century.The Galapagos became since 1959 the first National Park of Ecuador.In 1978, UNESCO declared the Galapagos as the first Natural Heritage on the planet.Then the islands were also declared as Biosphere Reserve and Whale Sanctuary and Cartilaginous Fishes (sharks), to ensure their protection.A little later the Galapagos Marine Reserve, the world's second largest area after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia also joined the official list of Natural World Heritage UNESCO.

They placed the archipelago in an unusual meeting point of three tectonic plates and several marine currents, both geological origin and its weather patterns, dictated by the influence of ocean currents, created a unique and secluded natural area in the middle of the Pacific, it became the birthplace and home to some of the most amazing animal and plant species, unique in the world and only possible to find in these islands.The lack of fear of human presence that evidence most animal species is one of the attractions that most surprises visitors.The archipelago consists of 14 main islands and more than 80 smaller islands, islets and rocks with names, scattered over a large area of ​​the eastern Pacific Ocean, crossed by the Equator.97% of the land area is National Park, leaving only 3% as inhabited areas, located in only 4 of the islands.

also recognized as a model of responsible tourism, sustainable and nature-oriented since the 1970s, Galapagos is now a favorite for travelers who love nature destinations from around the world.

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