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November 7th, 2013
Galapagos 360

The Environment Ministry of Ecuador (MAE), with the support of the Galapagos National Park,and the help of the Charles Darwin Foundation accomplished a successful monitoring on the census of the land iguana (Conolophus Subcristatus) of the southeast area ofIsabela Island.

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August 27th, 2013
Galapagos 360

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.

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August 16th, 2013
Galapagos Islands World Heritage Site

On the 21st of August, the Zoological Society of London will host an evening with Professor Stephen Blake promoting Galapagos tortoise conservation. Professor Stephen Blake is a giant tortoise specialist who will speak about the research and conservation efforts that are being made for the preservation and long-term survival of the world’s largest tortoises.

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July 26th, 2013
New Transit Control Card Procedure

Due to new regulations established by the Galapagos Goverment, as from July 17th 2013, there will be a new obligatory procedure to obtain the Transit Control Card (INGALA)...

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July 10th, 2013
Majestic Motor Yatch

GCT invites you to experience Galapagos in the company of chief executive Ian Dunn and specialist guides Professor Nicholas Owens and Felipe Cruz on the Trust's first annual cruise Galapagos: In a World of it's Own. The opportunity to join this 10-day cruise aboard the brand new yacht MV Majestic is exclusive to GCT supporters only.

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June 28th, 2013
Sir David Attenborough

On June 27, 2013, there was a special event organized by Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) where the 3D edition of Sky’s landmark series, Galapagos 3D, was showed in London. The event was completely sold out. Sir David Attenborough, the maker of the film, also attended the event.

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April 26th, 2013
Galapagos Boats

Not sure what category of boat fits your needs for your Galapagos travels? Categories range from budget to luxury and vary in price, facilities, and service.

Read on to find out more information about the best choice for your Galapagos cruise.

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March 27th, 2013
Easter in Ecuador

Semana Santa as Easter is called in Ecuador is an important holiday in Ecuador. In the whole country there are different celebrations like processions and special ceremonies to memorialize the crucifixion of Christ and His rising.

Easter, together with Christmas, is the most religious period of the year for the Catholics in Ecuador. There are many rituals with rich cultural roots and ancestral traditions. The Holy Week starts on Palm Saturday and ends on Easter Sunday.

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February 20th, 2013
Galapagos Islands World Heritage Site

Located 18 kilometers from central Quito in Tababela parish (part of the Metropolitan District of Quito), the new airport measures 10 times the size of the original airport. When the original airport was built in 1960, it was on the northern fringe of the city. In the meantime Quito expanded northwards which caused that the airport could not further be expanded.

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January 25th, 2013
Galapagos Islands Cormorant Luxury Catamaran

The Park Service and other regulatory institutions have approved a proposed 15-day/2 week itinerary for cruise ships.

Taking effect in 2012, the change is designed to protect fragile Galapagos ecosystems by spreading out the island visitors to different sites...

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December 21st, 2012
Galapagos Islands World Heritage Site

Ecuador is a gastronomic paradise. From the Andes to the coast, there are so many tasty dishes. Ceviche is one of the most famous. There are several ways to prepare this dish, and the recipes vary from one region to another, but it is more or less a type of soup made from the juices of citrus fruits, shrimp, fish (or both), and cilantro.

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November 30th, 2012
Quito Travel Destination 2013

Quito, Ecuador’s capital has been awarded by National Geographic, December 2012/January 2013 issue, as one of the 20 Top Places to Visit during 2013. This special recognition was received by Luz Elena Coloma representative of the Quito Tourism Chamber, during the opening of the II Sustainable Tourism Exchange, being held in Quito and organized by Rainforest Alliance...

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November 26th, 2012
Galapagos Islands World Heritage Site

Ecuadorian food is as unique and varied as the people inhabiting the land. The culinary traditions of Ecuador have been influenced by both the Inca and Spanish 23 de Noviembre 2012conquerors of the territory. The variety of Ecuadorian cuisine is also characterized by the different regions of the country. The Amazon, the Coast, the Andes, and the Galapagos all have regional specialties...

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November 9th, 2012
How to get to the Galapagos Islands

When voyaging to the Galapagos, your first destination is mainland Ecuador. From Quito or Guayaquil, you can catch a flight to either Baltra Island or San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. The best way to reach the Galapagos is by plane since it would take more than three days to arrive by ship because the archipelago is located about 1,000 kilometres off the coast of mainland Ecuador

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October 25th, 2012
Galapagos Islands World Heritage Site

The Galapagos is well known to be the home of many strange and unusual creatures. One of the most interesting animals is the vampire finch (Geospiza difficilis septentrionalis). This unusual bird is a subspecies of the sharp-beaked ground finch that lives on Darwin and Wolf Islands and has some striking behavioural differences from other sharp-beaked ground finches.

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August 27th, 2011
Galapagos Islands World Heritage Site

Ecuador is a beautiful country filled with so much cultural and biodiversity.The four regions of the country, the Amazon, the Andes, the Coast, and the Galapagos Islands, offer exciting destinations for tourists no matter what sort of adventure they seek.

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September 21tst 2012
Galapagos Islands World Heritage Site

The Galapagos Islands draw thousands of visitors every year including scientists, students, naturalists, photographers and more. The Galapagos Islands’ status as a must-see, “bucket list” sort of destination also draws in retirees and off-the beaten path travelers.

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September 7th, 2012
Galapagos Travel Center - New Quito International Airport

Located 18 kilometres from central Quito in Tababela parish (part of the Metropolitan District of Quito), the new airport measures 10 times the size of the original airport. When the original airport was built in 1960, it was on the northern fringe of the city. In the meantime Quito expanded northward and development surrounded the airport preventing further expansion...

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August 24th, 2012
Galapagos TRavel Center - Galapagos NAtional Park

All tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands must pay an entry tax to visit the archipelago. The amount of this entrance fee depends on the age and nationality of the tourist. Most foreign tourists over the age of 12 pay $100, while children pay $50...

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Galapagos Travel: best time to go to get a good deal
August 3rd, 2012
Galapagos Travel Center - Grand Opening

For visitors, the best news coming out of the Galapagos Islands lately is this: there has never been a better time to go! Due to the economic downturn, prices are extremely low in Galapagos as ships struggle to fill spots. Furthermore, the North American summer is over, which means fewer Americans and Europeans are currently visiting Galapagos...

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Galapagos Wildlife Viewing Calendar: Mammals and Reptiles
July 20th, 2012
Galapagos Travel Center - Grand Opening

It's a commonly asked Question: When is the best time to go to Galapagos? There are many answers, depending on what you want out of your Galapagos trip. If you want to see the reptiles and mammals that the Galapagos Islands are famous for, you may want to consult this calendar to help you plan your trip.

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July 6th, 2012
Galapagos Travel Center - Grand Opening

Galapagos Travel Center was delighted to celebrate the grand opening of its first branch office conveniently located in Plaza Foch at E6-12 Foch Street and Reina Victoria in the heart of the Mariscal, Quito’s main tourist district. The celebration took place on July 4th and 5th, 2012.

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Jun 25th, 2012
Galapagos Islands - Lonesome George

Lonesome George, the last of his Giant tortoise species, has died at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands. Lonesome George's death was announced by the Edwin Naula, the head of the Galapagos National Park service.

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May 31st, 2012
Galapagos giant tortoise

Visitors to the Galapagos Islands will hear their guides talk about three different sorts 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. Native animals are found naturally in Galapagos and elsewhere: the Frigate bird is a good example.

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May 24th, 2012
Galapagos Landscapes

If you are not sure what type of Galapagos visit best suits your needs, the following information should provide you with a good understanding of the different types of tours available.

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April 12th, 2012
Galapagos alternative energies

The Galapagos Islands have always provided a challenge to ecologists who want to preserve them but who recognize the need for locals to live there as well.

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April, 5th, 2012
Pinta Island Tortoise

Everyone knows the sad story of Lonesome George, last of the Pinta Island Giant Galapagos Tortoises. His race was thought to be extinct until he was seen in late 1971 by some passing visitors.

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March 29th, 2012
Galapagos Yachts

Galapagos Islands are such a special and unique place that it´s no wonder the cruising out here is special and unique as well! What are the key differences between "Mega" Caribbean Cruising and Galapagos Cruising? Let´s take a look

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March, 22nd, 2012
Galapagos National Park

The Galapagos Islands are a phenomenal and educational place to visit! Whether you spend your holiday on one of the amazing Galapagos Cruises or on a Galapagos Hotel-based tour, we all need to do our part to help maintain these islands as pristine and special as possible, it´s important to follow the National Galapagos Park Rules

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December 26th, 2011
Galapagos Islands World Heritage Site

For years now, Galapagos Island cruises have done a standard eight-day voyage. It has been a consistent complaint of Galapagos visitors that this itinerary is not very convenient: four or five days are too short and eight days is too long (and expensive).

Good news!

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December 17th, 2011
Galapagos Islands Baltra Airport

It's important to make some crucial decisions about your dream vacation, and many people think that booking their cruise or tour separately from their flights is an ideal way to save money:  but this isn't true at all!

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November 22nd, 2011
Amazon Butterflies

On November 11th, the provisional results of the voting for the New7Wonders of Nature were released: included in the top 7 is the Amazon Rainforest, a pride and joy of the Ecuadorian people.

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October 29th, 2011
Galapagos Islands Yachts

Starting in 2008, the Ecuadorian government instituted a fuel surcharge for ships using more than 4,000 gallons per month of diesel fuel.

This surcharge was expanded and increased in June of 2011.

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October 22nd, 2011
Galapagos Islands Hotels

It used to be that those travelers who wanted to see the Galapagos Islands in comfort and style had to book a cruise on a cruise ship or yacht, as Galapagos hotels were overpriced and unimpressive.

This is no longer the case.

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October 15th, 2011
Galapagos Islands Las Grietas

Many people often wonder:  What kinds of things can I do in the Galapagos Islands without a Naturalist Guide?  The answer is:  lots!

There are a variety of things to do and trips to keep you busy that allow you to soak up the Galapagos wildlife and endless beauty.

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October 1st, 2011
Ecuador Loves Life

On September 27th, people around the globe celebrated World Tourism Day. This year's theme is “Tourism Linking Cultures” and is hosted by Egypt.

The celebration is sponsored by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and this year marks its 31st annual celebration.

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September 24th, 2011
Galapagos Blue Footed Feet

The Galapagos Islands, located 1000km off the coast of Ecuador, have been known for their pristine environment and unique wildlife. These remote islands have been privileged with the seclusion that has allowed ecosystems to evolve in a rare and unmatched way.

However, today the islands are experiencing the effects of extreme weather events, introduced species, a fast-growing population and exploding tourism.

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September 17th, 2011
Galapagos Islands Baby Turtle

Upon arriving to the Galapagos Islands, tourist must fork over an extra $100 at the airport. No doubt that this amount may seem overpriced to some, so it's important to know exactly where this money is going.

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September 10th, 2011
Galapagos Islands Internet Accesss

The use of the internet has become so wide-spread that even people who generally look to escape “reality” for awhile in such a far-flung destination as Galapagos are constantly asking:  Do the Galapagos Islands have Internet?

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August 27th, 2011
Galapagos Islands World Heritage Site

In 1978, the Galapagos Islands, a province of Ecuador, were recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the City of Quito, Ecuador's capital.

When the Galapagos Islands were added to UNESCO's "List of World Heritage in Danger" in 2007, Galapagueñans and Ecuadorians alike increased their efforts to preserve the pristine environment. In 2010, the archipelago was removed from the list of danger, a great accomplishment for the National Park.

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August 20th, 2011
Galapagos Islands Marine Iguana

Darwin got more than he bargained for when he visited the Galapagos Islands. He may have come for the volcanoes, but it would be the unique Galapagos wildlife that would leave a more lasting impression on this English naturalist.

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August 6th, 2011
Galapagos Islands Penguin
Since the 1960s visitors have been flocking to Galapagos. But what is the best way to see the Galapagos Islands? There are three basic options: small ships, large ships and land-based Galapagos tours. Which is best for you?

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July 30th, 2011
Galapagos Islands Penguin

The Galapagos Islands are well-known as a worldwide mecca for scuba divers, but what is often lost is the fact that you don't need to be SCUBA certified to enjoy the dazzling marine wildlife: snorkeling is a great way to see the wonders of the sea and is enjoyable for all ages!

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July 23rd, 2011
Galapagos Islands Penguin

Have you ever considered coming to the Galapagos with your kids? The amount of one-of-a-kind wildlife on the islands fascinates travelers of all ages.  But what are some ideas for “Kid-Friendly” cruises?  Let’s take a look at the basics that parents consider priorities: Safety, entertainment, simplicity of travel, and learning opportunities.

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July 19th, 2011
Galapagos Islands Penguin

This Tuesday, July 12th 2011, Haugan Cruises hosted the inauguration of its newest Galapagos catamaran, M/C Cormorant, at the Naval Yacht Club Pier in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The ceremony opened with a speech from Haugan's Director of Marketing and Sales, and concluded with a toast from the company's Vice President. Present at the event were Haugan Cruises staff, the yacht's crew, local and international agency representatives and special guests.

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July 1st, 2011
Galapagos Islands Penguin

The annual partial census of Galapagos Penguins and Flightless Cormorant was conducted recently, over the course of a week, and the good news is that the populations of these very rare birds are stable. Every year, a group consisting of employees of the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Research Station goes to certain areas popular with the birds to count them.

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June 24th, 2011
Galapagos Islands Green Turtle - Month of May

From nesting Flightless Cormorants to Lava Lizard mating rituals, the latter half of the year is full of amazing animal and bird habits. To know exactly what the islands have to offer during your stay, check out the second part of our guide that details weather conditions and animal and bird habits broken down by month from July to December.

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June 17th, 2011
Galapagos Islands Green Turtle - Month of May

The Galapagos Islands offer a vibrant environment of mating and reproduction cycles, migrating habits, and varying weather conditions. Many travelers want to know what happens when in order to plan their trip – others having already made arrangements simply want to know what to expect at certain times of the year! This guide lists conditions and animal and bird habits from January to June.

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June 10th, 2011
Galapagos Eco-Learning

The history of Galapagos is unique and intriguing: from geological chaos that created the islands, to the whalers and pirates that decimated the tortoise population to the creation of the Galapagos National Park in 1959. But what does the future hold for the Enchanted Islands? Looking at the trends of today, we can try to guess what the Galapagos Islands will be like years and decades from now.

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June 3rd, 2011
Galapagos Lava Iguana

The Galapagos Islands are a paradise for reptiles: the conditions are perfect for iguanas, lizards and tortoises. Reptiles historically had an advantage over mammals when it came to arriving to the islands: it is thought that most land animals that arrived by chance into the Galapagos came clinging to clumps of vegetation or wood set adrift from the mainland. Mammals need more water and were much less likely to survive the journey to the Galapagos Islands, whereas reptiles had the endurance for the trip.

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May 20th, 2011
Scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands

Every year, thousands of visitors come to Galapagos for the trip of a lifetime. A plethora of island and cruise activities keep them busy. Still, many of them may have time to ponder: How did Galapagos get its name?

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May 13th, 2011
Scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands attract thousands of visitors every year, and nearly all of them are equipped with cameras. This is not surprising, as the Galapagos Islands are a world-class photography destination. It is the dream of professional and amateur photographers alike to take a visit to the islands as the wildlife, landscapes and diversity of the Galapagos offer opportunities not found elsewhere.

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May 6th, 2011
Scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are world renowned as a SCUBA diving destination: people come from all over to see the turtles, whale sharks, hammerheads, colorful fish and other underwater marvels. Taking a land tour to see the islands themselves is a bonus that most divers enjoy as well. There has been a lot happening in the islands lately, however, that prospective visitors may need to know.

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April 29nd, 2011
The Ecuadorian Easter Holiday

Everyone knows Lonesome George. He's the last of his kind, the sole surviving member of his species, the only remaining Pinta Island Giant Tortoise. George is the one who gets on all the Galapagos calendars, t-shirts, post cards and coffee mugs. He's the one with an enclosure for himself (and his girlfriends) at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

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April 22nd, 2011
The Ecuadorian Easter Holiday

Since the predominant religion in Ecuador is Catholicism, the traditional Easter holiday is far more religious than the commercialized Easter celebrations (Easter Bunnies, Easter Egg Hunts) in other countries.

A variety of religious reenactments, ceremonies, and dedication services take place throughout the country between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.

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April 15th, 2011
Galapagos tours

Big news out of the Galapagos Islands: the Park Service and other regulatory institutions have approved a proposed 15-day/2 week itinerary for cruise ships. Taking effect in 2012, the change is designed to protect fragile Galapagos ecosystems by spreading out the island visitors to different sites.

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April 1st, 2011
Galapagos Charles Darwin

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.

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March 18th, 2011
Galapagos lonesome George

On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake, followed by devastating tsunamis, hit Japan. It made news all over the world, and caused evacuations throughout the Pacific. The resulting tsunamis hit islands and coastlines all over the Pacific area. They even caused minor damage in the Galapagos Islands, thousands of miles away.

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March 11th, 2011
Galapagos Mockingbird

Most of the Galapagos Islands have been harmed in one way or another by the presence of humans and the introduction of non-native species. Nowhere is this more evident than the island of Floreana, which has the longest history of human habitation.

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March 4th, 2011
Ecuador Devil's nose

Over 100 years ago the President of Ecuador Eloy Alfaro had a vision of a nation united by a railway. Workers and engineers were brought in and they began the extremely difficult task of linking the coastal city of Guayaquil with the capital, Quito, high in the Andes Mountains.

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January, 28th, 2011
Galapagos Sea Lion

The New Seven Wonders is an internet phenomenon which was launched a few years ago to identify the New Seven Wonders of the World – after all, six of the seven original Wonders of the World are no longer around!  Since then, the organizers have turned their attention to nature, and are in the process of identifying the Seven Wonders of Nature.

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December 30th, 2010

The Galapagos Islands, a fragile ecosystem far out to sea, are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Every time the El Niño or La Niña phenomenon strikes, the plants and animals of the archipelago suffer. What are these climate changes, and how do they affect the islands?

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December 7th, 2010

1941: Japan has bombed Pearl Harbor, declaring war in the Pacific. The United States of America has stayed out of World War Two as long as it could, but now must meet this threat to the west. Japan's military leaders are smart, aggressive and possess a mighty fleet. Where will they hit next?

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November 26th, 2010

The name of Charles Darwin and his famous book the Origin of Species will forever be linked with the Galapagos Islands. Although he was only in the Galapagos for five weeks in 1835, it was the wildlife that he saw there that inspired him to develop his Theory of Evolution. Today he is remembered in the Galapagos islands with numerous statues, important streets named after him...

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November 19th, 2010

Birdwatchers come from all over the world to visit the Galapagos Islands, where there are hundreds of bird species to be seen. Many of them are endemic, so the Galapagos is the only place in the world to see them! The Galapagos bird species follow very particular life cycles of mating, nesting and feeding, and it's important to many island visitors to come at the right time to see the birds they're most interested in...

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November 5th, 2010

It’s a little known fact, but when Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands in 1835, he wasn’t very interested in the finches at all! Instead, he was initially fascinated by the different Galapagos mockingbirds, each of which is slightly different. Of particular interest was the Floreana variety of the Galapagos mockingbird, as he was on...

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October 29th, 2010

She always comes at night. Her victim is in a deep sleep on the military-style cot. Unheard, she climbs on top of him, slowly pressing her weight onto his chest. His dreams begin to darken as his lungs crush under the ever-increasing weight...

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October 22th, 2010

I hatched on a sunny afternoon in 1911. Around the world, important things were happening. Machu Picchu, the legendary lost city of the Inca, was discovered deep in a Peruvian jungle...

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October 17th, 2010

Over the centuries, many different foreign species have been introduced into the Galapagos Islands. Some have caused more ecological damage than others...

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October 10th, 2010

Galapagos attracts outdoor adventurers of all sorts, as the islands are known for first-class SCUBA diving, snorkeling, hiking and birdwatching. There is even an annual marathon in Galapagos...

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September 24th, 2010

It’s a question often asked whenever people travel to destinations like the Galapagos Islands: Do I need Travel Insurance? It’s expensive, but it can come in very handy if you have an accident. Here are some

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September 17th, 2010

Every year, various websites, magazines and travel networks hand out awards for all things travel: hotels, restaurants, destinations, even beaches..

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September 10th, 2010

Add your name to the list of rich and famous people who have visited this unique paradise and experience the same once in a lifetime expedition that they enjoyed.

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August 10th, 2010

A visit to the Galapagos Islands is a trip of a lifetime, the dream of millions who have seen the Galapagos on television or in the IMAX theater. The fearless animals, the clear blue water, the sandy beaches and the fascinating natural history of Galapagos...

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August 3rd, 2010

The Interpretation Center on San Cristobal Island is a point of information about the Galapagos Islands. Located in San Cristobal’s largest town, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the center was opened in 1998...

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July 29th, 2010

After laborious discussions in Brazil and with the support of 15 member-nations of the World Heritage Committee, the Galapagos Islands have been taken off of the “World Heritage in Danger” list...

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July 22nd, 2010

The most populated area of Isabela Island, Puerto Villamil is located on the southern coast of the island. The 2,200 locals depend on tourism and fishing and welcome visitors. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the relaxing beach paradise...

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July 15th, 2010

The Galapagos Park service and the Charles Darwin Foundation have decided to resume monitoring of Chelonia Mydas, or the Green Sea Turtle. The goal is to get more information about the nesting habits...

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July 9th, 2010

In 1978, the Galapagos Islands, a province of Ecuador, were recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the City of Quito, Ecuador’s capital. Since then, Ecuador has received two more World Heritage Site inscription...

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June 30th, 2010

Floreana, an unassuming, mid-sized island in the south of the Galapagos archipelago, has something most Galapagos Islands don’t: a reliable source of fresh water. For this reason, it was among the first islands to be colonized. The early colonists brought with them plants and animals that they believed necessary for their survival...

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June 25th, 2010

Park rangers recently did their census of flamingos in Galapagos, which they do every year. The flamingos that live in Galapagos are related to the ones that live in the Caribbean. Galapagos Flamingos are known for their bright pink color, which they get from the small shrimp and...

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June 17th, 2010

Big news out of the Galapagos Islands: the Park Service and other regulatory institutions there have approved a proposed 15-day/2 week itinerary for cruise ships, starting in 2011. The change is designed to protect fragile Galapagos ecosystems...

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June 3rd, 2010

International airline LAN (based in Chile) has received permission from the Ecuadorian government to begin service to the Galapagos Islands. This is welcome news for those who offer services in the Galapagos or who just want to visit, as the existing airlines which service Galapagos...

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May 31st, 2010

It should come as no surprise to anyone: the Galapagos Islands have been named a finalist in the New Seven Wonders of Nature online competition! A few years ago, millions of people around the world voted for the New Seven Wonders of the World...

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May 25th, 2010

Those who really know the Galapagos Islands generally give the same advice: the best way to see the islands is on a live-aboard cruise. There are many benefits: the chance to see more unique Galapagos species, comfort, value, adventure, great food and facilities and more...

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May 15th, 2010

Efforts geared towards making Lonesome George less lonely are still underway. In 1972, reports came out that George was the last of his kind, or as the Guinness Book of World Records has deemed him since 1996: 'The Rarest Living Creature'.

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May 5th, 2010

In Galapagos, the two main industries are tourism and fishing…and they do not always get along very well. Galapagos Fishermen resent any sort of catch limit, which biologists maintain are necessary to maintain the delicate ecosystems in the archipelago.

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April 30th, 2010

Most Galapagos visitors come and go to the Islands without much thought to the various organizations that are working daily to maintain and improve not only the tourist experience but also the lives of the thousands of people who call the islands home.

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April 19th, 2010

Charles Darwin, the most famous of many visitors to the Galapagos Islands, is today remembered mainly for his Theory of Evolution. It’s important to remember, however, that Darwin was not the first one to suggest that animals changed over the course of generations to become more suited to their environment.

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April 15th, 2010

A colony of Galapagos sea lions has moved to Peru – and scientists blame global warming. The Galapagos Islands are home to many endemic species, including the Galapagos Sea Lion, found nowhere else in the world. The lovable Galapagos sea lion is a favorite among Galapagos visitors, delighting travelers with their antics and underwater acrobatics.

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April 12th, 2010

Last year, INGALA, the Ecuadorian governmental agency that regulates all things pertaining to the Galapagos Islands, began issuing the “Transit Control Card” (in Spanish, tarjeta de control de tránsito, or TCT). This card is designed to help control immigration to the Islands. Why is it needed?

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March 30th, 2010

The Galapagos Islands draw thousands of visitors every year, including scientists, students, naturalists, photographers and more. The Galapagos Islands’ status as a must-see, “bucket list” sort of destination also draws in retirees and off-the beaten path travelers. The Islands have unfortunately been often overlooked by the “in-between” crowd of people in their 20’s and 30’s, however. This is truly unfortunate, as the Galapagos Islands make for an outstanding honeymoon destination. Why pick Galapagos for your honeymoon?

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March 11th, 2010

Ask any Galapagos Islands naturalist, scientist or park ranger what the biggest problem facing the islands is, and he or she will likely tell you that it’s the threat posed to local wildlife by invasive species. Park officials, scientists and concerned citizens of the Galapagos Islands have spent fifty years battling these species, usually without much in terms of results. Recently, however, significant gains have been made in the fight against introduced species in the Galapagos Islands.

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February 25th, 2010

Everyone knows that the Galapagos Islands are a pristine haven for wildlife. These remote islands have been their own ecosystem for millennia and many of the Galapagos species are endemic, or not found anywhere else in the world. But the Galapagos Islands were discovered by man in the sixteenth century and colonized in the nineteenth. The hardy men and women who came to Galapagos brought domestic animals and plants with them, and these often competed with native species. Today, unfortunately, there are several Galapagos bird species that are considered at very high risk for extinction. Here are some and what is being done to protect them.

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February 18th, 2010

It seems that everywhere you go in the Galapagos Islands, you see a postcard-perfect view in all directions. The Galapagos Islands are beautiful (not for nothing are they a finalist for the New Seven Wonders of the World Competition!), and white-sand beaches, underwater wonderlands and lush highlands are just part of the package. The most-photographed of all of these Galapagos postcard views is without a doubt the view from the top of Bartholomew Island. It is in many ways the quintessential Galapagos photograph: smiling visitors, with the unmistakable Pinnacle Rock in the background, all framed against a tranquil Galapagos sea.

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Galapagos Naturalist Guides August 14th, 2009

Since 1975, all visitors to Galapagos must be accompanied by a certified naturalist guide. These men and women are a key component in the management of the Galapagos National Park: they not only share their knowledge with the visitors, but also act as the eyes and ears of the park service, enforcing rules and notifying the park service about introduced species, trails that need maintenance, etc. The Galapagos guides come from a variety of backgrounds, and all must take and pass the official guide course. Even though their presence is mandated by the park service, many visitors find that their Galapagos guide is an important part of their overall Galapagos experience!

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The Galapagos National Park Celebrates 50 Years August 7th, 2009

For centuries, the Galapagos Islands were a remote, lawless land. Considered nearly uninhabitable by the earliest visitors, the Galapagos Islands soon became known as a good place to hunt turtles and goats, take on water and make repairs for ships. During this time, the fragile Galapagos ecosystems were plundered and destroyed by hungry goats and careless sailors: Charles Darwin himself attested to hundreds of Floreana tortoises being carted off for food on the high seas. Galapagos was of little interest to Ecuador: it used the remote, harsh islands as a penal colony for the worst mainland offenders. The prisoners and settlers also devastated island ecosystems and introduced foreign plants and animals.

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Ecuador Trip Extension: Mindo July 27th, 2009

The Galapagos Islands may be Ecuador’s top visitor attraction, but there is much more to see and do! Ecuador is home to beautiful mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes. Not all of the wildlife is in Galapagos: you can see birds, reptiles and mammals in the highlands and jungles. Many visitors to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands like to see the southern part of the country, where rolling hills, lush valleys and friendly people captivate the hearts and imaginations of their guests.

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Ecuador Trip Extension: Cuenca and the Southern Highlands! July 20th, 2009

The Galapagos Islands may be Ecuador’s top visitor attraction, but there is much more to see and do! Ecuador is home to beautiful mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes. Not all of the wildlife is in Galapagos: you can see birds, reptiles and mammals in the highlands and jungles. Many visitors to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands like to see the southern part of the country, where rolling hills, lush valleys and friendly people captivate the hearts and imaginations of their guests.

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Galapagos Seasonal Wildlife Viewing Guide: Reptiles July 13th, 2009

The reptiles of the Galapagos Islands are a fascinating bunch. Unlike birds, reptiles cannot fly to Galapagos, so all of them had to get there by accident. Reptiles such as snakes, tortoises and iguanas presumably were washed off of the mainland somehow clinging to floating material such as fallen trees or reeds, arriving at Galapagos after some weeks at sea. Once there, they all had to adapt to the harsh Galapagos environment. The Galapagos marine iguanas are a good example: their mainland ancestors lived in trees, eating fruit. Once in Galapagos, they adapted to eating underwater algae and living on rocky shores.

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Galapagos Seasonal Wildlife Viewing Guide: Mammals July 6th, 2009

Unlike birds, mammals cannot fly to Galapagos, so all of them had to get there by accident. Small mammals such as the Galapagos rice rat presumably were washed off of the mainland somehow clinging to floating material such as fallen trees or reeds, arriving at Galapagos after some weeks at sea. The famous Galapagos sea lions are descended from ancestors who lived off the South American coast: a fierce storm untold centuries ago likely brought them to Galapagos, where they thrived. Today, many other mammals live in Galapagos, such as goats, dogs, pigs, donkeys and cows: these were all brought by humans.

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Galapagos Seasonal Wildlife Viewing Guide: Birds June 30th, 2009

Bird life in the Galapagos is much more abundant and varied simply for the fact that it was much easier for birds to reach the islands than reptiles or mammals. For a reptile or mammal to reach Galapagos, it had to survive for weeks or even months at sea, clinging to a floating tree or mass of vegetation. Once it arrived, it had to beat the odds and somehow find food and an ecological niche where it could survive. Birds, however, could fly to and from Galapagos relatively easily. Even smaller species such as finches could be carried out to Galapagos by strong storms. Today, it’s generally these smaller Galapagos species that have adapted enough to become endemic.

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Galapagos Geology June 19th, 2009

Understand how Galapagos was born and you can understand the Galapagos of today. Most Galapagos visitors have come from around the world to see the fearless Galapagos wildlife or to dive in the crystal blue Galapagos waters. Some have come to follow in the footsteps of famed naturalist Charles Darwin, who visited Galapagos in 1835. Everyone knows the privileged place of the Galapagos Islands in Natural History, but not as many know that the geology of the islands is as fascinating as the Galapagos wildlife!

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Galapagos in 1ST Place for the New Seven Wonders of Nature June 11th, 2009

For centuries, there were the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, of which only the Pyramids of Egypt still survive. Then, a couple of years ago, there was an online competition to name the New Seven Wonders of the World. Millions of people voted and seven marvelous sites were selected, including Machu Picchu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico and the Christ Redeemer statue in Brazil.

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Charles Darwin’s Galapagos Adventure June 5th, 2009

“In a few days time the Beagle will sail for the Galapagos Islands. I look forward with joy and interest to this, both as being somewhat nearer to England and for the sake of having a good look at an active Galapagos volcano.”

-Charles Darwin, letter to J.S. Henslow about the Galapagos, July 12, 1835.

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Galapagos animals at risk! May 31st, 2009

Because the Galapagos Islands were isolated for so long, the plants and animals that live in Galapagos branched off into their own evolutionary trees and many of these Galapagos creatures are endemic to Galapagos, or found nowhere else on earth. When man first came to the Galapagos, each of these Galapagos species had found their ecological niche. Unfortunately, humans changed the Galapagos ecosystem, hunting some Galapagos animals and introducing others such as goats, pigs and cats.

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Galapagos Trip Extension: Machu Picchu May 24th, 2009

The Galapagos Islands are a world-renowned natural wonder. Every year, thousands of people come to Galapagos to experience the stunning beauty and pristine environments impossible to find elsewhere. As wonderful as the Galapagos Islands are, don’t forget that they’re only a very tiny part of South America and that there is much more to see and do! It’s easy to extend your Galapagos trip to include other unforgettable sights. Once you’re done in Galapagos, why not extend to Peru, home of Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the ancient Inca city of Cuzco?

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Galapagos Travel Extension: The Amazon! May 15th, 2009

It’s safe to assume a few things about a Galapagos visitor. The Galapagos are extremely remote, so it takes a dedicated traveler to get there in the first place. Galapagos is known for wildlife: it’s a zoo without walls and many Galapagos visitors are animal lovers. The Galapagos appeal to budget and high-end travelers alike and the Galapagos tourism industry there has a very good reputation. Finally, the Galapagos are not for those who want to relax on a beach: this “off the beaten path” destination is rugged and challenging.

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The Galapagos Affair: Floreana Island May 8th, 2009

The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador are sparsely populated, small and remote. Galapagos is known for being laid-back, friendly and little of great importance happens there. This all changed for a few months in 1934, when the Galapagos Islands – more specifically, Floreana Island – were the site of a scandal that was debated around the world. “The Galapagos Affair,” as it is known, has puzzled Galapagos historians since the events that unfolded between March and December of 1934. It all began in 1929, when eccentric German doctor Friedrich Ritter arrived to Galapagos with his lover/patient Dore Strauch.

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Galapagos Tour Extension: Quito! – 1st World Heritage Site April 27th, 2009

Ever since Charles Darwin’s fateful 1835 Galapagos voyage, the world has known of the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos geology, Galapagos history, Galapagos wildlife and breathtaking Galapagos scenery have been luring visitors to Galapagos ever since. Many people don’t know much more about the Republic of Ecuador: some may not even know that the Galapagos Islands have been part of Ecuador since 1832! Wonderful as they are, there is much more to Ecuador than the Galapagos Islands. One place you may wish to consider extending your Galapagos tour is Ecuador’s historic capital city and World Heritage Site, Quito.

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Galapagos Volcano Erupts April 14th, 2009

Fernandina VolcanGalapagos visitors got an unexpected bonus this week: The La Cumbre Galapagos Volcano, dormant since 2005, erupted spectacularly on Saturday, April 11. La Cumbre is located on Fernandina Island, the westernmost of the major Galapagos Islands as well as one of the most volcanically active. Volcanic activity is nothing new in Galapagos: the Galapagos islands themselves were all formed by volcanoes over the last five million years or so.

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Galapagos: Small Ship, Large Ship or Land-Based Galapagos Tour? April 10th, 2009

The Galapagos Islands are a dream destination. Who hasn’t seen one of the many Galapagos TV specials featuring frolicking sea lions, majestic Galapagos tortoises and beautiful fish and not wanted to come? Since the 1960’s, visitors have flocked to Galapagos and experienced the one-of-a-kind experience they can only get there. But how is the best way to see the Galapagos Islands? There are basically three options: small ships, large ships and land-based Galapagos tours. Which is best for your Galapagos Adventure?

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Top Ten Things to do once you’ve booked your Galapagos Vacation April 3rd, 2009

Galapagos: it’s the dream trip of a lifetime for many travellers. Galapagos is also known as the Enchanted Islands and have been luring adventurous travellers ever since Charles Darwin’s famous Galapagos visit, the one which led him to use the unassuming Galapagos Finch to illustrate his Theory of Evolution. Your Galapagos Islands tour is booked, your Galapagos flight is scheduled: now what? How do you fill your time between now and then? What can you do to make the most of your Galapagos trip, before you even go? Here are the top ten tips from veteran Galapagos travellers.

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Chinese Hat: Galapagos Visitor Site March 27th, 2009

One of the most recognizable Galapagos Islands, is Sombrero Chino which means “Chinese Hat.” It’s easy to see why: this Galapagos islet off of Santiago Island is shaped like an old-fashioned Chinaman’s hat, a gently sloping cone rising out of the clear Galapagos water. Because of its distinctive shape, Sombrero Chino has fascinated Galapagos visitors as long as they have been coming to Galapagos. It’s one of the smallest Galapagos Islands but don’t be fooled: it has a terrific visitor site with an unforgettable view!

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The Sea Lions of San Cristóbal, Galapagos March 20th, 2009

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of Galapagos Province, is known for its tranquil harbor, smooth sand beaches, and an atmosphere that is more laid-back than larger Galapagos port of Puerto Ayora. No doubt part of this atmosphere comes from a handful of year-round Galapagos residents: the sea lion colony that has lived in this Galapagos harbor since before the area was first settled decades ago.

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Galapagos Welcomes VIP’s March 13th, 2009

Galapagos: travel destination of the rich and famous! In recent weeks, the Galapagos Islands have hosted some well-known visitors. Over a century ago, British naturalist Charles Darwin made his legendary visit to the Galapagos. Last week another British Charles made the trip: Charles, Prince of Wales. He came with his wife, Camilla and only spent one day in the Galapagos Islands. Nevertheless, they managed to pack quite a bit into their brief Galapagos visit.

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Galapagos Visitor Sites: Cerro Dragón, Santa Cruz, Galapagos March 6th, 2009

Here be dragons! Galapagos dragons!! You won’t find a much more apt place name in Galapagos than Cerro Dragón, or “Dragon Hill.” This rocky, low-lying Galapagos hill on the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island is home to an impressive population of Conolophus subcristatus, or Galapagos land iguana. These miniature dragons roam around the sun-scorched, boulder-strewn Galapagos Island, nipping away contentedly at the fruits and flowers of their favorite food, the Galapagos Opuntia Cacti.

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Snorkelling in Galapagos, part two: marine life you may see February 13th, 2009

In addition to the hundreds of fish species that call Galapagos home, there are many other marine species frequently seen by visitors, including sea turtles, sharks, rays, octopi, crustaceans and more! And let's face it: reef fish are cool, but wouldn't you rather see a shark or sea turtle?

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Champion Island and the Galapagos February 10th, 2009

The Champion Island, named after the whaler Andrew Champion, is a small island (23.23 a) located just offshore Floreana Island in the southern part of the Archipelago, considered as one of the most beautiful places on Galapagos for all snorkeling and diving fans and an excellent opportunity for dolphin watching...

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Charles Darwin January 29th, 2009

2009 will be a big year in the Galapagos Islands, as the people of the archipelago celebrate the 200th birthday of their most famous honorary resident, British naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882). 2009 coincidentally marks the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Darwin's groundbreaking book, On the Origin of Species, which detailed his controversial Theory of Evolution.

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New Iguana Species Discovered in Galapagos January 23rd, 2009

In 1986, rangers hiking on Wolf Volcano on the northern end of Isabela Island noticed several odd-looking Land Iguanas. While most Land Iguanas in Galapagos are a uniform mottled yellow, this one was pink with dark spots and stripes.

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The Galapagos Resident Course January 14th, 2009

Those responsible for the care of the Galapagos Islands have gotten serious about their upkeep. Recently, there have been many initiatives passed by the various institutions and agencies who care for the flora and fauna of the islands. One of the latest is the Galapagos Resident Course, a mandatory two-day course for anyone wishing to live and/or work on the islands.

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SCUBA Diving in the Galapagos January 5th, 2009

The Galapagos Islands are world renowned as a SCUBA diving destination: people come from all over to see the turtles, whale sharks, hammerheads, colorful fish and other underwater marvels. Taking a land tour to see the islands themselves is a bonus that most divers enjoy as well. There has been a lot happening in the islands lately, however, that prospective visitors may need to know.

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A Day in the Life: Marine Iguana December 29th, 2008

Galapagos is full of dazzling wildlife not found anywhere else: giant tortoises, Darwin's famous finches and mockingbirds, hawks, snakes and more. But ask a biologist, and he or she will tell you that the most impressive native resident is the marine iguana.

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Snorkeling in Galapagos: What sort of fish will I see? December 22nd, 2008

One of the highlights when visiting Galapagos is the chance to strap on a mask and snorkel and jump in with the fish. Galapagos is a world-class snorkeling and diving destination and every year thousands of visitors enjoy spending some quality time with local marine life.

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We care about the environment December 15th, 2008

CanopyCo is a new organization dedicated to preserving and repairing the Ecuadorian rainforest through modern reforestation techniques and education. It recently (November 2008) celebrated its first anniversary and is looking forward to many more.

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North Seymour Island December 8th, 2008

Low, flat and rocky, North Seymour Island seems unimpressive from the panga taking visitors from the ship to the shore where the hike will begin. Never fear: this boulder-strewn island has a lot to offer. The landing can be a little challenging when the water is rough, but once you’re on land you’ll be greeted immediately by a colony of snoozing sea lions who may blink up at you a few times before returning to dreaming of fat, slow-moving fish.

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The Devil's Crown November 28th, 2008

Located off of Floreana Island, the Devil’s Crown is a ring of jagged rocks that jut out of the water not too far from shore. They get their name from the fact that they look roughly like a crown: they are in a circle and rather pointy when seen from a distance. The rest of the name comes from the notion that only the Devil could wear something so uncomfortable!

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Charles Darwin Research Station November 20th, 2008

Founded in 1959, the Charles Darwin Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the Galapagos Islands and the animals and plants that live there. They have many projects going on at any given time, and may include programs such as removal of introduced species, monitoring the health of certain animal or plant populations, helping set fishing limits and more.

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Puerto Egas November 13th, 2008

Once the site of a salt mine, Puerto Egas is today probably the best visitor site on Santiago (James) Island. The easy walk along wide trails and a scenic shoreline is a great chance to see birds, marine iguanas, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs and the elusive Galapagos Fur Seal.

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Meet the Crew: Captain Pedro Irineo Rocafuerte Muñoz November 4th, 2008

Captain Rocafuerte, 34, has been with the Athala for two years. He is the primary ship's captain, working six weeks on board at a time before taking a three-week break. The Athala is proud to have the diligent, well trained Captain Rocafuerte in charge.

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Fernandina Visitor Site: Punta Espinosa October 24th, 2008

Fernandina, the youngest of the Galapagos Islands, is always a visitor favorite, as it is very beautiful and is home so several species rarely found anywhere else. Punta Espinosa is one of the best visitor sites in the islands, featuring marine iguanas, lava lizards, Galapagos Penguins, flightless cormorants, sea lions and interesting marine life.

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Athala Visitor Sites: Punta Suárez, Española October 17th, 2008

Punta Suárez is one of only two visitor sites on pristine Española Island, and it's one of the most memorable walks in all of Galapagos. Punta Suárez features the chance to see the Waved Albatross, an extremely rare endemic species that only makes its home on Española.

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A Day in the Life: Charles Darwin October 9th, 2008

September 29, 1835 The HMS Beagle, with a young Charles Darwin on board, only spent about five weeks in the Galapagos Islands, which seems short when you consider the importance the visit would have for Darwin, the Islands, and science in general. Darwin kept a journal, which he later expanded into a book, The Voyage of the Beagle, first published in 1837-1839.

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Athala Visitor Site: Gardner Bay, Española October 1st, 2008

A visit to Gardner Bay consists of two different yet equally fantastic spots. The bay is mostly known for the gorgeous white sand beach, which is long, secluded, and features a colony of sea lions for some good photo taking. The surf in the bay is not particularly rough, and the swimming is excellent. If you're lucky, a sea lion may want to swim with you! The colony at Gardner Bay is quite friendly and unafraid of tourists.

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Snorkeling in the Galapagos September 22nd, 2008

The Galapagos Islands are well-known as a worldwide Mecca for SCUBA divers, but what is often lost is the fact that you don't need to be SCUBA certified to enjoy the dazzling marine wildlife: a simple snorkel, fins and mask will do.

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The Marine Iguana September 15th, 2008

You can keep your tortoises, boobys, sea lions and sharks: according to many respected biologists, the most remarkable animal in all of Galapagos is the mild-mannered marine iguana. Their argument is this: while finches, giant tortoises, herons, penguins and sea lions are found all over the world, only Galapagos has a species of aquatic lizard that dines on algae.

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Baltra Island September 8th, 2008

Many Galapagos visitors will first set foot in the islands on Baltra. This unassuming, sun-drenched, flat, rocky island has some interesting history.

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Lonesome George a Daddy? September 1st, 2008

Anyone who has been to the Galapagos Islands knows the story. Of the several different species of giant tortoise to evolve on the islands over the centuries, some were still around and some were extinct (mostly due to sailors taking them for food in the 18th and 19th centuries). And then there was Lonesome George, the last remaining Pinta Island giant tortoise.

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The Galapagos Penguin August 26th, 2008

The remarkable Galapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) is the only penguin species to be found naturally north of the equator. A favorite among visitors to the islands, they are often seen sunning themselves on rocks or swimming, deftly catching fish with surprising quickness. The total population of Galapagos penguins is very small, numbering only a few thousand in total.

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The Humboldt Current August 12th, 2008

The amazing diversity of life on the Galapagos Islands is largely due to a phenomenon known as the Humboldt Current. Ocean currents are caused and affected by many different factors, including the gravitational pull of the moon, the earth's rotation, underwater geography, salinity, wind and water temperature. These currents are very important to life on land, as they can affect climate, shipping, fishing and life such as birds or other species that live off of marine animals and fish.

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Fernandina Island. August 4th, 2008

The Galapagos Islands were formed by a "hot spot," or a place under the earth's core that causes the crust above it to form volcanoes. As the earth's crust, in this case the Nazca Plate, moves across it, a series of volcanoes forms, resulting in a chain of islands more or less in a line. In Galapagos, the Nazca Plate moves from west to east over the hot spot, forming volcanoes (which in turn form islands).

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Galapagos Islands Giant Tortoise Saved from Brink of Extinction. July 24th, 2008

After 36 years of continual and exhaustive efforts, when it seemed impossible that the tortoise called "Lonesome George" - the last survivor of the Pinta Island giant tortoise species (Geochelone abigdoni) - would be able to reproduce, this morning park rangers in charge of the "Fausto Llerena" Captive Breeding Center found a nest with eggs laid last night by one of the two Wolf Volcano females that have shared a pen with him since 1993.

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Highlighted Island - Genovesa (Tower Island) July 12th, 2008

Located in the northern part of the archipelago, Genovesa (also known as Tower) is known to guides as "bird island" because of the many species of birds to nest there. Because it is somewhat remote, many land species never made their way there, allowing birds to dominate.

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Galapagos Giant Tortoise June 30th, 2008

One of the animal species most commonly associated with the Galapagos, the giant tortoise is a remarkable animal.

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Galapagos Land Birds June 23th, 2008

Although most of the birds who make Galapagos their home feed on fish, crabs, squid and other marine life, there are many who feed on land or in the few freshwater bodied of water found inland.

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The new $100 Galapagos tax....where does it go? June 18th, 2008

In late 2007, the municipal governments of the islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal and Isabela approved a new $100 tax to be levied on foreign tourists arriving in Galapagos who intend to do ship-based tours.

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