The Galapagos is world-renowned for its distinctive and fearless wildlife which were an inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection.
The islands are very common among natural historians, both professional and amateur, Giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas and different bird species can all be seen and come within reach.
The landscape of the islands is relatively unproductive and volcanic, but beautiful even so.
Travel to the islands began in a restricted way after the Ecuadorian government declared the islands a national park in 1959. The Galapagos were subsequently listed as a World Heritage Site
Decades later, the Galapgos manages more than 200.000 tourists each year. Strict rules on tourist access are upheld in an effort to protect the natural habitats and all visitors must be escorted by a national park-certified naturalist tour guide.