Enjoy first-hand the wonders of nature: the world’s most amazing cageless zoo complemented by great beaches and delicious food.
Located 972 km from the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands form an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. It is made up of 13 large volcanic islands, 6 smaller islands and 107 rocks nestling the equator.
Visitors can expect to be transported to an environment reminiscent of prehistoric times. It is estimated that the formation of the first island took place over 5 million years ago as a result of tectonic activity.
The more recent islands, Isabela and Fernandina, are still in the process of formation, the most recent volcanic eruption being registered in 2009.
These islands are famous for the numerous endemic species and the studies conducted by Charles Darwin that led him to establish his Evolution Theory by natural selection.
The Island of Isabela
Being the flora and fauna of these islands practically unique, they are commonly refered to as the “Enchanted Islands”
At 4588 km², Isabela is the largest and least developed of the islands, often touted by locals as the gem of the Galapagos.
- It has a population of 2.200
- The largest human settlement, Puerto Villamil, is located on the southern tip of the island.
- Its highest point is the Wolf Volcano, 1.707 meters over sea level
- The shape of the island is due to the fusion of 6 large volcanoes into one only mass.
Isabela features spectacular landscape and biodiversity.
penguins, flightless cormorans, marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, sharks, as well as numerous sayapas or red crab.
Get close views of Galapagos hawks and pigeons, flycatchers, finches, land iguanas and Galapagos tortoises, as well as very interesting vegetation in the volcanic highlands.