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About Galapagos

Galapagos giant tortoise
© Craig Oxley
Medium ground finch

Galapagos wildlife

The amazing diversity of wildlife in Galapagos is what makes the Archipelago so special. The Islands are situated at the meeting point of several oceanic currents, creating a unique array of habitats.
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View of Bartolome island, Galapagos

The Islands

The Galapagos Archipelago is made up of 13 major islands and numerous smaller islands, islets and rocks, with four of the islands inhabited by humans: Floreana, Isabela, San Cristobal and Santa Cruz.
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Green turtle entangled in plastic

Conservation challenges

Galapagos has a permanent population of around 32,000 and is visited by more than 200,000 tourists each year. The increasing human footprint poses a number of threats to the Archipelago’s wildlife.
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Charles Darwin - On the Origin of Species

Historical significance

Observations made by Charles Darwin during his visit to Galapagos in 1835 have given the Archipelago a special place in history and in the development of modern science.
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Galapagos giant tortoise amongst vegetation

Global relevance

Galapagos is one of the most pristine island ecosystems on Earth, and 97% of the land area is designated as a protected National Park, making it a conservation template for the rest of the world.
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Tourists walk past a blue-footed booby in Galapagos

Travelling responsibly

Visiting Galapagos is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Being prepared and informed will help you get the most out of your visit whilst ensuring that you keep your impact to a minimum.
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Help the wildlife of Galapagos survive and thrive

There are many ways to support our vision for a sustainable Galapagos: why not adopt an animal, become a GCT member or donate today?

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