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Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands information and details on each Island, virtual tours of visitor sites and complete knowledgebase including geology, volcanoes, natural & human history, animals, plants and marine life of the archipelago of Galapagos.

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The Galapagos Archipelago is a cluster of some 13 volcanic islands and associated islets and rocks located just under the equator, about 600 miles west of Ecuador - South america in the Pacific Ocean.  The oldest of the islands are about 4 million years old and the youngest are still in the process of being formed.  Indeed, the Galapagos Islands are considered to be one of the most active volcanic areas in the world.

The islands were discovered by chance in 1535 when father Tomas Berlanga, the bishop of Panama sailed to Peru to settle a dispute between Francisco Pizarro and his lieutenants after the conquest of the Incas.  The bishop's ship stalled when the winds died and strong currents carried him out to the Galapagos.

Charles Darwin was the first to make a scientific study of the islands in 1835.   These islands were the inspiration for his evolution theory that produced a revolution in human thought which we can still feel now.

Today, the Galapagos are owned by Ecuador and are maintained as part of that nation's national park system.  About 95% of the islands are part of the park, with the remainder being inhabited by about 18,000 people in four major communities.

In an effort to preserve the islands as they were centuries ago, the Galapagos have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.