Discover the iconic Galapagos Islands
The most prominent of Ecuador’s attractions is the pristine chain of volcanic islands that make up the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Galapagos. Situated 972 kilometres (604 miles) west of the mainland, the Galapagos Islands are a mecca for nature enthusiasts.
Made famous by Charles Darwin who studied the island’s fantastic array of species, which ultimately contributed to his theory of evolution, the island’s endemic fauna and flora are as fascinating today as they were in 1835.
The islands’ moonlike landscapes, interspersed with rugged vegetation, certainly create an ethereal atmosphere, yet they are haven to a flourishing population of marine iguanas, sea lions, giant tortoises and an exceptional array of birds such as the blue-footed boobie, frigate bird and flightless cormorant.