Galapagos Islands - A Unique UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve
The beautiful, mysterious Galapagos Islands are situated a mere 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian Coast. The island group was declared a World Heritage Site in 1978 and subsequently a World Biosphere Reserve in 1985 by UNESCO.
The Galapagos Islands flourish with a wide variety of amazing animals and different species. Among the animals found there are the different species of giant Galapagos turtles, blue footed, red footed and masked boobies, flamingos, frigate birds, albatrosses, unique small penguins, non-flying cormorants and 15 different species of finches.
The Galapagos Islands also attract an assortment of marine mammals, such as sea lions, dolphins, and whales, as well as a wide variety of colorful fish and sharks.
The Galapagos Islands originated from lava eruptions that came from the bottom of the ocean and rose as much as 2600 feet above sea level. Some of the younger islands still have active volcanoes. Different characters, such as isolation, climate, altitude and texture of the land on the islands have made their distinct vegetation and animal life materialize.
Nevertheless Galapagos is not just about the animals and plants. There are a great number of shops, museums, art galleries, bars, clubs, restaurants and hotels that will provide even the pickiest persons with ample entertainment.
Whether you want to relax with a cocktail on a big yacht, lie in your hotel room, dive with the sea lions, penguins and other marine mammals, or just vegetate on the beach, Galapagos will not fail to meet your expectations. It has an abundance of accommodation, from five-star hotels with hot showers to student backpackers and camping sites.
A trip to Galapagos Islands will leave you inspired and relaxed for months, but don't take our word for it - book your flight now and go see for yourself.