Island hopping Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Isabela
To discover the Galápagos islands is to discover nature in its purest state. So pure, in fact, that it led the young English naturalist Charles Darwin, who visited the islands in 1835, to write ‘The Origin of the Species’… and the world has not been the same since. Located 1.000 km off Ecuador’s Pacific coast, this mysterious and fascinating archipelago is comprised of 13 large islands, six smaller ones and over 40 islets.
Through the evolutionary process, climate, ocean currents and the comparative lack of predatory enemies including man, the Galapagos became one of the strangest and most compelling places on our planet. Flora and fauna, arriving on different “routes” across the waters from the mainland, colonized the original Galapagos lava beds. Walking around the Galapagos Islands and snorkeling or diving in its surrounding waters is like stepping into a surreal world.