Ecuador’s Avenue of Volcanos is perhaps one of the most characteristic sights to behold in the Andes Mountains. World-famous for their impressive beauty and long revered by ancient cultures for their incredible forces, the Ecuadorian volcanos are truly magnificent. Rising to lofty heights, many of them are covered with snowcaps of tropical glaciers.
When one thinks of the Galapagos Islands, Charles Darwin, the most famous visitor to ever visit the archipelago, surely comes to mind. Darwin visited the islands as a young naturalist aboard the Beagle in the 1800’s. His experiences and observations in the Galapagos led him to theorize about some of the most revolutionary scientific topics in modern times in his book titled the “Origin of the Species”
The nearly symmetrical cone shape of Cotopaxi and the tropical glaciers crowning its peak make it an iconic and unforgettable sight to behold. It can be seen from Ecuador’s capital city of Quito on clear days.
During World War II, the Galapagos Islands held a great secret: Base Beta – not-so-affectionately nicknamed “The Rock” by U.S. military personnel.
This was a U.S. military base, established to protect the western access of the Panama Canal.
Thanks to a joint project between Google, Charles Darwin Foundation, Catlin Seaview Survey, and the Galapagos National Park, the entire world has the oportunity to marvell with High Resolution, 360° pictures of one of the best preserved and most pristine wonders of earth, The Galapagos Islands.
Planning your trip to the Galapagos Islands? Not sure how to get to the archipelago? It’s simple.
Your first destination is mainland Ecuador. Whether you’re traveling from the United States, Europe or anywhere else, you should book an international flight to Guayaquil or Ecuador’s capital, Quito.
During a public vote on a list of the top 20 academic books in history compiled by academic booksellers, librarians, and publishers for Academic Book Week, Charles Darwin theory On the Origin of Species overwhelmingly won with 26% of the votes. The public has hailed his revolutionary book as the top book that changed the way we see the world.
Sometimes a new species is hiding in plain sight, and that is just the case of the newest species of Galapagos giant tortoise to be named. Just until recently, all the giant tortoises found on Santa Cruz Island were thought to belong to the same species Chelonoidis porteri; however, recent genetic analysis has indicated that there are in fact two distinct populations.
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