Formed about some four million years ago, due to the marine volcanoes erupting and rising above the waters, the Galapagos Islands were considered to be a prison colony in early days. However, it was only in 1934 that the importance of these islands was recognized and they were declared to be a wildlife sanctuary. The fact that the islands were a source of inspiration for the great scientist Charles Darwin to state the Theory of Evolution later increased the importance of this place. It was in the year 1959 that the Ecuadorian Government declared 97% of the islands to be a National Park.
The Galapagos National Park is a home to a variety of huge tortoises, rare species of birds and other animals. This is one of the most important attractions on the islands that the tourists love during their Galapagos Island Tour. The animals that are found on these islands are still unaware of humans and thus roam about freely around you. Some might be even curious to know the figure standing in front of them.
There are about 123 islands and islets that are now a part of this volcanic island chain. You can now imagine that there is so much that can be expected once you step on these islands. Surrounded by the crystal blue waters of the ocean, the islands are a home to a variety of birds that may not be found elsewhere in the world. This is a home to the beautiful boobies and also to the enormous frigate birds. The islands also have a rare range of animals that live on land and water. Galapagos Island are famous for the special Galapagos Tortoises, the Galapagos Penguins and the well known Galapagos Marine Iguanas.
With so much to see and observe on the islands, the presence of the Charles Darwin Research center on the Santa Cruz Islands is something that a tourist must visit. Ever since the center was first set up here, it has been working to study every minute detail about the island and its existence and about everything that is present on and around it. This is the best place for nature lovers and naturalists who wish to take a deeper look into nature and look into the hidden secrets.
If you are out on a Galapagos Island Tour, you will enjoy the beautiful climate and the nature that surrounds you. With the excitement of having a close look into the wildlife, you will also be able to enjoy activities with them. You can swim alongside dolphins, whales, sea lions and hammerhead sharks. You can also go out on a bird watching tour that will introduce you to the famous boobies, the frigate birds, the flightless cormorants, Galapagos Penguins and the Waved Albatrosses. A walk over the islands will take you by a giant tortoise and the iguanas that are found here.
There is fun at every step that you take over the islands. Considered to be a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a place that is suitable for ecotourism, the Galapagos Islands are a home to some of nature’s most treasured elements. A trip to these islands will be a beautiful experience that you can ever think of. The lush green lands, with animals walking by and the crystal blue waters with a school of fish swimming through are something that will leave you awestruck.
There are number of tour operators that have now come forward to make sure that every tourist experiences the serenity and purity of these islands. It is the duty of these tour operators to make sure that your trip to the Galapagos Islands is made enjoyable and adventurous. You can opt for a Galapagos Island Cruise that will take you across the islands and the guide provided by the tour operator will take you through the internal areas of the land. What are you waiting for? There can be nothing more special than spending a holiday on these splendid islands that have so much to offer!