This iconic wildlife conservation site is an archipelago of volcanic islands on the equator 600 miles west of Ecuador, of which they are a part. They were made famous by Charles Darwin and his historic voyage on the HMS Beagle, after which he developed his theory of evolution by natural selection. It is easy to see why he found it so fascinating. Many of the creatures are found only here and they are all completely natural, with no fear of humans. In fact humans come a very poor second to the animals, which are scrupulously conserved. All uninhabited areas of the Galapagos are a National Park.
Where Africa has its Big 5, the Galapagos has its Big 15! Huge land iguanas, giant tortoises, penquins, blue-footed booby birds diving brilliantly for fish, fur seals, scavenging red- throated frigate birds, albatross, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, pink flamingos...the list goes on. Their disregard of the human interlopers is strange, marvellous and almost alien. It is like an immense zoo without cages or enclosures in which care is needed not to step on the animals.
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