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Galapagos Islands – 5 Days Travel

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Information

The Galápagos Islands and their surrounding waters form the Galápagos Province of Ecuador, the Galápagos National Park, and the Galápagos Marine Reserve. The principal language on the islands is Spanish. The islands have a population of slightly over 25,000.

The first recorded visit to the islands happened by chance in 1535, when Fray Tomás de Berlanga, the Bishop of Panamá, was surprised with this undiscovered land during a voyage to Peru to arbitrate in a dispute between Francisco Pizarro and Diego de Almagro. De Berlanga eventually returned to the Spanish Empire and described the conditions of the islands and the animals that inhabited them.

The group of islands was shown and named “Insulae de los Galopegos” (Islands of the Tortoises) in Abraham Ortelius’s atlas published in 1570. The first crude map of the islands was made in 1684 by the buccaneer Ambrose Cowley, who named the individual islands after some of his fellow pirates or after British royalty and noblemen. These names were used in the authoritative navigation charts of the islands prepared during the Beagle survey under captain Robert FitzRoy, and in Darwin’s popular book The Voyage of the Beagle.

The newly independent Republic of Ecuador took the islands from Spanish ownership in 1832, and subsequently gave them official Spanish names. The older names remained in use in English-language publications, including Herman Melville’s The Encantadas of 1854. Administratively, Galapagos constitutes one of the provinces of Ecuador, made up of three cantons that bear the names of its most populated islands, namely: San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz and Isabela.

Highlights

  • There are 116 visitor sites in the Galápagos: 54 land sites and 62 scuba-diving or snorkeling sites.
  • Snorkel with sea turtles, rays, penguins, and multitudes of fish in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Hop on a speedboat to Isabela Island, where you’ll spend some time checking out the tortoise breeding center or the flamingo lagoon.
  • Wander along the stunning, white sand beaches, which offers the best opportunity to spot migratory birds in the entire Galapagos.
  • Go on a boat ride past reef sharks, blue-footed boobies, pelicans, and penguins on your way to the Tintoreras islets.

Duration

5 Days: Tour around the islands of Galapagos in yachts or cruise boats exploring the myriad of wildlife here. Later transfer back to Ecuador for further adventure and exploration.

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