The Galapagos Islands
TRACING DARWINS FOOTSTEPS
The Galapagos islands were originally formed by volcanic eruptions around 10 million years which created a unique habitat off of the coast of Ecuador. Animals and birds drifted on ocean currents or flew to arrive at the islands and over time evolved and adapted to suit their strange new surroundings.
Then in 1831 along came Charles Darwin and his studies on the islands and resulting publications on human evolution changed the face of biological history forever. Thanks to Darwin few other places on earth can lay claim to have had such an important influence on science or human development.
Today the Galapagos islands are a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site and are home to a wealth of protected wildlife and fascinating volcanic landscapes. Among the wildlife that you can see there are many endemic species present - nowhere else in the world can you see the Darwin finches, the Galapagos penguin or the giant Galapagos tortoise amongst many others.