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21 Jun
Galapagos Islands: A natural treasure
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Last Updated: 21 June 2017
Created: 21 June 2017
Galapagos Islands: A natural treasure

Galapagos Islands are the symbol of the world's most famous natural history. Volcanic islands are located 1000 km off the coast of Ecuador, and are populated by thousands of plants and unique animal species that evolved independently for millions and millions of years. In this context, Islands were discovered by man in the fourteenth century, and were originally inhabited by pirates and whalers. In 1832, the islands were annexed to the Ecuador’s territory. In 1835, Charles Darwin spent five weeks in the islands observing plants and animal species. He used these investigations to support his theory of evolution. Based on this and other information, he published the origin of the species, one of the most influential books in scientific history. Throughout the 19th century, Galapagos was exclusively home of few settlers and some penal colonies.

In 1959, the islands were officially declared as a natural park by the Ecuadorian government, and tourism began to be formalized. Since then, the number of tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands has increased to around 70,000 per year, and the permanent population on the islands has grown to 30,000 people approximately.

Without any doubt, Galapagos is a place you should definitely visit. It will be a unique experience. You’ll be impressed by the natural wealth of Galapagos. For this reason, we recommend you to travel aboard the Golondrina yacht, a small but cozy cruise of our Enchanted Islands. We have designed some special schedules and itineraries in order to satisfy your preferences. For further information, please visit our official webpages, it will be a huge privilege to help you.

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