The Galapagos Islands are located around 1000 kilometers from the mainland of Ecuador. The islands were discovered in 1535 by Tomas de Berlanga. This bishop planed to sail from Peru to Panama but got lost and instead found the Galapagos Islands where he discovered many birds, animals and plants.
Charles Darwin, famous for his evolution theory came to visit the islands in 1535. While he was there he studied the geology and biology from four of the islands. During his studies he discovered the finches which were the base for his evolution theory and were eventually named after him. There are 13 species of Darwin finches and you can still find them in big numbers on the Islands.
The Galapagos Islands are unique; mainly because the islands emerged from volcanic eruptions 2 million years ago. The islands were formed by underwater volcanoes erupting and rising above the ocean’s surface. About one third of the islands is visible and the rest is covered by the ocean. The water around the islands is very deep and some of the under water volcanoes are more then 3000m high. All bigger islands have a volcano and some are still active.
In the beginning there was no life on the Galapagos Islands but slowly animals arrived from all over the world. These animals brought seeds with them on the feet, feathers and in their excrements which is why plants started to grow on the islands.
The most famous inhabitants of the Galapagos Islands are the giant turtles. The Islands thank their name to these animals because Galapagos in old Spanish means turtle. Besides the giant turtles you can also find frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, penguins, albatrosses, sea lions, land and sea iguanas and many more birds and fish. Because the animals don’t see human beings as a treat you can observe them very closely, unique because the animals live in the wild.
The Galapagos Islands are a protected nature area and consist of twenty-two islands. There are populated areas on 5 of the islands. Since 1959 the islands are National Park and since 1978 the islands are on the UNESCO List and protected area.
A visit to the enchanted islands is a very special experience! We can help by arranging (last) minute cruises with different routes and in different price ranges. We work together with many different boats of which we collect their last minute offers on our website. Of course if you want more choice it is recommendable to book your cruise in time, so you can be sure that you book the right place on the best boat for you!