Life’s amazing on the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are known for many amazing things – from their flora and fauna to their geology. The islands’ territory belongs to Ecuador and most of it is a national park. It is considered that the first of the islands was created 5–10 million years ago by tectonic activity. As a result, islands with frequent volcanic activity and constantly changing geology were created. The oldest of the islands are gradually sinking back into the Pacific Ocean.

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There are so many things to be inspired from on the Galapagos Islands!

The islands’ territory is a chain of 20 islands, 42 islets and over 250 rocks. 97% of the Galapagos Islands’ territory is a national park. Actually, the islands are more than just a national park of Ecuador – in 1979 UNESCO declared the Galapagos Islands Natural Heritage of Humanity.

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You can swim with ancient species! Researchers believe that the Galapagos green sea turtle has swum the ocean and walked the beaches along with dinosaurs.

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Another rare species is the giant Galapagos tortoise, which is the largest living species of tortoise; it can weigh up to 417 kg. An interesting fact is that the name of the islands comes from the name of the Galapagos turtles.

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The Pacific Ocean near the Galapagos Islands also gives the opportunity to meet the local Marine Iguana – it is the only swimming lizard, which can be seen only in Ecuador and Tanzania.

The island of Floreana has an unconventional post system, located on the so-called Post Office Bay. It is a wooden barrel, placed on a coastline of the Floreana Island in the 18th century. Back then, the barrel was used as a post box by whaling ships that came through the area and it is still an active post office – each year thousands of letters and tourist postcards pass through the Post Office Bay.

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Already excited to visit the islands? 😉