Their isolation is one of the main reasons the islands are so extraordinary; it boasts a considerable number of endemic species of flora and fauna. Due to the fact that a number of the animals don’t have any natural predators (including humans), they are not afraid of people, which gives travellers the opportunity to see bizarre wildlife up close and personal. In fact, might you have to be careful not to step on a blue-footed booby with its egg in the middle of a walking trail!
Situated at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galápagos Islands are one of the richest marine ecosystems on the planet. In 1835, the islands were the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Among the endemic species are the Galápagos giant tortoise, terrestrial and marine iguanas, 13 species of Darwin’s finches, the Galápagos flightless cormorant, and the Galápagos penguin (the only penguin species in the Northern Hemisphere).
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