Why The Galapagos Islands Should Be On Your Travel Radar
If you are reading this blog, you are probably looking for a destination that is off-the-beaten-path. The Galapagos Islands will not disappoint. The islands are located on either side of equator in the Pacific Ocean, about 906 kilometers from the mainland Ecuador.
The islands are so much isolated that they formed the inception of the science of evolution by Charles Darwin. The waters surrounding the islands have been marked as biological marine reserve due to the endemic flora and fauna to be found thereof.
Of the Galapagos Islands, you should be more interested in;
1. Baltra Island - Here you will find rare flora species such as the palo santos trees, salt bushes, pear cacti etc. The island is semi-arid and therefore ideal for the breeding of land iguanas. Note that this is the only place you will find such iguanas.
2. Bartholomew Island - This is a volcanic island that is home to the almost extinct green turtle and the only penguin species living in the equatorial region - the Galapagos Penguin.
3. The Culpeper Island - If you love to commune with the animals, this is where you will find a lot of species. Among the fauna species you will find here include; marine turtles, sea lions, whales, marine iguanas, Nazca boobies, swallow tailed gulls and many more.
4. Española Island - This Island is the oldest among the Galapagos Group. It is estimated to be 3.5 million years old. Among the endemic fauna species that are found here include; red-billed tropics birds, Espanola Lava lizards, and the blue footed boobies.
Other islands that you should visit include; floreana Island, Fernandina Island, Gernovesa Island and North Seymour Island.
By traveling here, you will be retracing the Darwinian footsteps into the evolution theory. You will also be traveling to a region that has not yet been on the travel magazines' front pages. It is worth bragging about to your buddies back home. Welcome to the Galapagos Islands!