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  • Regions

    Galápagos Islands

    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 ...

  • Galápagos Islands

    Puerto Ayora

    Located on the southern coast of the Galapagos island of Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora is the largest port in the area and is home to quite a number of people. Puerto Ayora is known for the high standard of living that is enjoyed by its residents. A relaxed atmosphere pervades the town and tourists will find that, though they might be busy taking in the sights, they will still be able to unwind. ...

  • Travel

    Key Facts

    Location Ecuador is situated in western South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean at the Equator, between Colombia and Peru. Land Area Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are slightly smaller than Nevada and stretch out over a total area of 283,560 sq km, of which 276,840 sq km is land and 6,720 sq km is water. Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands have a total coastline of 2,237 km. ...

  • Protected Areas

    Galapagos National Park

    The Galapagos National Park is one of the greatest natural treasures in the world. Virtually untouched for eons, this small archipelago is rich in natural flora and fauna. The some 1 714 000 acres of land (693 700 ha) that now make up the Galapagos National Park were first set aside for this purpose in 1959, but it took thirteen years of planning and development before the first park ...

  • Protected Areas

    Galapagos Marine Reserve

    Beneath the calm surface, where the warm Panama Current meets the colder Humbolt and Cromwell currents, lies a unique and extremely diverse ecological system filled with fascinating marine life. Within this 133 000 square kilometer area, which is known as the Galapagos Marine Reserve, warm blooded and cold blooded inhabitants of the ocean enjoy a peaceful and protected existence. The need to ...

  • Activities

    Scuba Diving

    When you mention the word ‘Ecuador’ to people, the first images that often come to their minds are ones of beautiful mountains, pristine forests, ancient ruins and small, rustic villages. Seldom will they think of beautiful beaches and the wondrous marine life that teams within the waters off the coast of this stunning country. Yet Ecuador’s coasts are teaming with sea creatures that are not ...

  • Galápagos Islands

    San Cristobal

    The beautiful city of San Cristobal lies on one of the easternmost Galapagos Islands in the eastern Pacific Ocean, approximately 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador. Originally named by English pirates for William Pitt, the earl of Chatham, it is an area of 195 square miles.