Of all of the fragile ecosystems in the world, perhaps none are more delicate than the Galapagos Islands. Even 150 years after Charles Darwin’s famous visit, people flock to this chain of islands off of the Ecuadorian coast.
Here, Darwin developed his theory of evolution. This was in part, due to the fact, that each island has its own, individual topography, flora, and wildlife. Proportionally speaking, the ratio of endemic species (that is animals found nowhere else on the planet) to land on the Galapagos Islands is the highest in the world. Some of these one-of-a-kind animals include tortoises, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and several species of the now-famous Darwin finches.
These animals and the amazing vistas attract a vast number of nature lovers, adventurers, and eco-travellers to the twelve main (and many more scattered) islands. There are many things to do on the islands including kayaking and boating around the coastline. Scuba divers can view the penguins, marine iguanas, and vast array of fish in the surrounding Pacific ocean. Divers and Selachophobiacs (people who fear sharks) beware, as there is always a large hammerhead shark and manta ray population surround ing the islands. There are also many trails throughout the evolutionary laboratory. Do not stray off the paths, however, as the land is strictly protected.
The Palm Hotel is the only place to stay on the island. It costs $310 or $370, per night, depending on the season. The high season is from November to June. The Ecuadorian government strictly regulates this land, so as to protect its natural beauty for centuries to come by everyone.