Exploring The Galapagos

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The Galapagos Islands, named after the giant tortoises that can be found there, are a series of volcanic islands near the equator. Known for their beauty, they are also known for their unique array of wildlife. Darwin himself even categorized some species here and wrote extensively about them in this book the Origin of Species. The Galapagos is truly a must see destination. Make sure your passport is up to date or apply for a passport renewal so you don’t miss out on this amazing trip.

Passports

Although Darwin didn’t need a passport back in his day, today to visit this astounding place you must have one in hand. Passports allow for international travel. Without a passport an individual cannot enter a foreign country and may have difficulty entering their country of origin. Passports act as travel documents and identification. This is why it is so important to keep up with passports updates, such as a passport renewal or passport name change. Children must have passports as well. They are subject to different guidelines, so be sure to be familiar with them when applying or traveling.

Darwin And Natural Selection

When Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands aboard the HMS Beagle he was there as a naturalist, to observe the land and the species of the land. What he found was truly amazing, endemic species varied significantly from species on neighboring islands. This is where he formulated his theory of Natural Selection and the Origin Of Species. Today his theories and the species he studied can still be viewed when visiting the Island.

History And Conservation

The Galapagos Islands although geographically young, have an extensive history. Many explorers, pirates, and misguided ships have ventured to the Galapagos. There is evidence that people settled in the Galapagos before the Spanish took it, however, it does not appear that they stayed long.  The population of the island was estimated to be around 25,000 in 2006. The Charles Darwin Foundation founded in 1959 has been heavily involved in the ongoing research and conservation of The Galapagos Islands. In 1986 the ocean surrounding the islands was declared a marine reserve, making it the second largest in comparison with The Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The archipelago is also a whale sanctuary and ta UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a biosphere reserve.

What To Do In The Galapagos

When it comes to visiting the Galapagos, there is no fine dining or beachside bars. The true experience lies within the wildlife and the nature of the islands. The animals are used to humans so you can get up close and personal with species. Balking contest with sea lions tripping over marine iguanas, swimming with sharks are just a few of the many animal encounters that the Galapagos offers. You may even cross paths with a Giant Tortoise who also met Charles Darwin. The possibilities are endless when nature is involved.

There are many tour companies that offer tours of the Galapagos Islands. Planning a trip to Ecuador, you must leave a day or two for the Galapagos. Make sure your passport is ready to go or that your passport renewal is on its way and you are ready for an adventure of a lifetime in the wonderful sanctuary that is the Galapagos Islands.

 

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