Galapagos Islands - Beautiful Islands of Ecuador

Located in the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands. The Galapagos Islands are extremely famous for the sheer beauty of the islands themselves. The Galapagos Islands are Ecuador's most beloved and popular national park.

The Galapagos Islands lies in splendid isolation about 960 kilometers off the mainland. The archipelago consists of more than 120 islands of different sizes. The group consists of 18 main islands, 3 smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets. Some of the larger islands are Isabela, Santa Cruz, Fernandina, Santiago and San Cristobal.

The Galapagos Islands were created from volcanoes erupting violently out of the sea. The first islands formed here at least 8 million and possibly up to 90 million years ago. The volcanoes that created the islands have also created a unique environment helping different plant and animal species evolving independently on different islands.

The Galapagos Islands are also famed for being inhabited by many beautiful animals and plants which found nowhere else on earth. The most popular inhabitants of the area are possibly the Galapagos Iguanas. However, the Blue-footed Booby is humorously pretty too. Both of them can be seen easily on many of the different islands in the Galapagos.

Even though the Galapagos is on the Equator and is on the sea level, the climate on the Galapagos is not tropical. The Galapagos Geology makes the major islands have their own climate change, for example in Santa Cruz Island on the sea level it can be hot and sunny, and on the highlands can be cold and windy.

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