When a person is tired of the most traveled to locations with crowds and overdevelopment, it may be time to try a trip to the Galapagos Islands. They are one of the world’s best destinations to view unique wildlife forms. Giant tortoises, iguanas, and many kinds of birds are seen only on these islands. Tours have been developed by touring companies such as Metropolitan to let people see this unique environment without damaging the delicate beauty of the local ecosystems. The islands have two seasons, both pleasant.
Where Are The Galapagos Islands?
The Galapagos Islands are located about 1,000km off the coast of Ecuador and are claimed by that country. This is in the Pacific Ocean and near Central and South America. A Galapagos map will show it as a group of twelve or thirteen small islands. Their location in the line of several different ocean currents and trade winds affects their weather. Their isolated location has allowed the wildlife to develop in unique ways.
These islands were formed by volcanic activity some 5,000 years ago. They were discovered by Tomas de Berianga in 1535. He was not impressed by birds that did not fly. These isolated, remote islands were populated by animals who came on islands of vegetation from South America. Some species could have come by air, floating on the air currents. Once on the island, the species developed in a unique fashion.
The islands were visited by pirates in the seventeenth century and by whaling fleets in the eighteenth century. Both groups killed thousands of giant tortoises and caused other ecological damage. Later a serious conservation campaign helped restore the giant tortoise population and heal the delicate ecosystems of the islands.
Touring companies such as Metropolitan have developed the practice of responsible tourism. Their carefully planned itineraries allow them to show visitors the beauty and wildlife of the islands without damaging the local ecosystems. Popular tourist activities include walking, swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling. There are two seasons in the islands including the hot tropical season from December to May and the cooler dry season from June to November. Both seasons are pleasant. No freezing temperatures or snow here. Go to the website for travel planning.