The Galapagos Islands are very far from anywhere. Nearly a thousand miles separated from Ecuador, a country that administers the mainland and there in the nineteenth century English scientist Charles Darwin. What I saw their served to substantiate his revolutionary theory of evolution of species.
Galapagos is basically a haven for the animal kingdom. Its isolation and difficulty to access to their coasts for centuries, preserved by the hand of man, although he had to endure the visits of pirates who arrived on the islands provided paramilitary giant. This of turtle meat eating habits got completely decimates the population formidable of these turtles in some areas.
Fortunately, the islands are now National Park and one of the most desired destinations for travelers who love nature. Galapagos is one of those rare places on earth where wild animals do not flee before the presence of human beings. Our eyes can easily cover the daily lives of albatrosses, iguanas, turtles, blue footed boobies, finches, hawks, sea lions … All Galapagos reptiles, half of bird species, 32% of plants, 25% of the fish, as well as a number of invertebrates are endemic and are found exclusively in this natural sanctuary.
For those who like to plunge into the sea, the Galapagos is a true dream. It is one of the seven best places the world for scuba diving, because the life that swarms on the rocks island is just careful with the humming beneath the waves. The Galapagos are famous for their flocks of shark fish, stingrays and the mantas, by the passage of the giant whale shark, the abundance of dolphins and sea turtles and schools of fish of a thousand colors.
Although over the years the variety of underwater fauna is impressive, it is during the months of December, January and February when the arrival of cold water currents from the north brings plankton whales and with it the great marine wildlife. During that time, although on the outside to make a long tropical diving wetsuit is necessary to support low temperatures.
To get to the Galapagos Islands as it is advisable to take a plane from Quito or Guayaquil, there are flights every day (about two hours and one quarter in duration) and the islands have a couple of airports, primarily to traffic of tourists .
To reach the islands is almost bound to have a local guide biologist usually well-prepared to help us interpret the overwhelming nature of the area. Communication between the various islands and towns is usually performed with vessels authorized National Park Service. Not all the surface of this archipelago is likely to be accessed, because of varying degrees of protection, but the public open space can be covered without fear of damage to the unique flora and fauna of the Galapagos and are more than sufficient to understand and appreciate the value of this great land.
There are several islands which travelers can access, each with its own attractions. Abound on the island Genovesa frigates, seals, marine iguanas and birds. Fernandina is in the flightless cormorants, sea lions, iguanas and pelicans and Spanish on the island can be beautiful bridal procession of blue-footed boobies and giant of the albatross.
In Galapagos there is also an active volcano, Cerro Azul on Isabela Island and the island of Santa Cruz there are over 50 trails that traverse dense forests and mangrove areas.
How it could be otherwise, the beaches of Galapagos offers a unique range and meet all requirements to satisfy the voracious appetites of more exotic. There are beaches with ivory sand, extending to the feet of the wetland, and other black rock and sand, proper sites formed by volcanic eruptions, as is the case of this archipelago.