The Galapagos Islands make up one of Ecuador’s 24 provinces. The islands became a province on the 18th of February, 1873. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island is the capital of the province, although the largest town is Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.
On November 3rd, Ecuador’s Cruise Train across the Andes, received the Wider World Project award, presented by the British Guild of Travel. It comes few months after Lonely Planet publishers consider the cruise as one of the best rail journeys all over the world.
Charles Darwin, an English naturalist and geologist, set out on a five year expedition on The Beagle in 1831. On his expedition he observed the rainforest in Brazil, discovered fossils and bones of extinct animals, experienced an earthquake in Chile, and finally landed on the Galapagos Islands in 1835.
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.Google Street View explores Galapagos Islands
It seems that everywhere you go in the Galapagos Islands, you see a postcard-perfect view in all directions.
The Galapagos Islands are beautiful (they were even a finalist for the New Seven Wonders of the World!), and white-sand beaches, underwater wonderlands and lush highlands are just part of the package.
Visitors to the Galapagos Islands will hear their guides talk about three different types of animals and plants. The terms used to describe them are endemic, native and introduced. What’s the difference?
Endemic animals are only found in Galapagos: the marine iguana is one example.