Wednesday 8 August 2012

Galapagos Islands - An Overview and Visitor Site Information

Where are the Galapagos Islands? What are The Visitor Highlights?

Galapagos Islands map
Galapagos Islands Map From Wiki
The Galapagos Islands are spread out over a small piece of the Pacific Ocean and are remote from any other land mass. They are part of the country of Ecuador, but have many of their own laws and regulations, mostly focused on conservation and preservation of the land, sea and wildlife. When you come here, you have decisions to make about where to go, how strenuous your trip should be and how long to stay.

This post is meant to help you with these and many more questions. Here, I provide you with an overview of visitation to each of the Galapagos Islands, with some of their natural history and geography, along with the visitor site highlights of each Island. In addition, as I continue to blog about the Galapagos Islands, I will add links to detailed information about each site. As always, if you have questions, or you want more detail about anything mentioned in this article, please email me at

The video below, by Alex Hantke of Aquasurround is one of the most beautiful you will ever see of the magnificent wild life, bird life and marine life you can expect to see when you visit the Galapagos Islands. It is a perfect introduction. Click here to see more of Alex's videos.

The Galapagos Islands are located about 600 miles off of the Pacific Coast of continental Ecuador. Though counted in different ways, they consist generally of 15 primary islands, 3-4 smaller islands and more than 100 rocks and islets. 


Genovesa (Tower) Island

Floreana Island

Fernandina Island

Bartolome Island and Pinnacle Rock

San Cristobal and Nearby Visitor Sites

San Cristobal - Visitor Sites on the Island

Kicker Rock Near San Cristobal

Espanola Island - Punta Suarez 

Espanola Island - Gardner Bay

Isabela Island - Sites from Puerto Villamel

Isabela Island - Beaches, Coves and Sites from Boats

Isabela Island - Hiking the Volcanoes

San Cristobal's Coffee Plantation 

Rabida Island - Red Sand Beaches

Santa Cruz Island - Bachas Beach

Santa Cruz Island - Black Turtle Cove

Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Research Station

For a full over view of all of the Galapagos Islands Click Here.


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  2. I saw giant turtles in Galapagos and explored its beautiful nature, and it was a wonderful experience for me, so I have complied fond memories of Ecuador travel in the form of photographs and videos.

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