Galapagos Islands: Why you have to visit it NOW
The islands are quite remote and isolated, lying some 1000 km west of the South American continent. The Galapagos archipelago consists of 13 main islands and 6 smaller isles.
My Experience and why Now
“ I am 14 years old and I am watching the TV with passion and love. It is a cartoon?!?! a football match?!?! or maybe some new toy available in every italian’s shop?!?! NOP! My eyes are looking at one of the most beautiful documentary/adventure story about Galapagos Islands (Galapagos with David Clark)”.
That was 17 years ago, now I am 31 years old and I just visited Galapagos Islands, 7 incredible and full days. I realised one of my dream, this is a Trip Of Lifetime!
A list of some of the creatures that call the islands home and many of them found NOWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD.
A list of some of the creatures that call the islands home and many of them found NOWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD.The question is just one: Why are the Galapagos Islands so unique and we have to visit it right NOW?!?!
I think that to understand why it’s possible to find unique and unmatched wildlife we need to say something about Galapagos Islands history.
The Galapagos Islands are almost 1000 km from the nearest land and this huge expanse of inhospitable ocean in-between makes it very difficult for new kinds of plants and animals to reach the islands. Marine organisms, such as green sea turtles and corals, probably came on their own, swimming, or as floating larvae. Sea birds are all strong flyers that frequently make long journeys across the open sea. But most of the Galapagos life forms reached the islands by accident, and all had a long sea voyage. During that trip, both plants and animals were exposed to saltwater, drying winds, and intense sunlight. They had no fresh water or food. Galapagos reptiles are also more likely than land birds or mammals to be able to survive under these conditions.
As a result, animals of the Galapagos Islands are species whose ancestors were already well suited for its harsh environments. Compared to elsewhere in the tropics there are few birds or Galapagos mammals, and many important groups are missing.
The threat of global climate change combined with pressure from human activities could severely impact ecosystem function and the natural recuperation of living communities in both terrestrial and marine systems. There is no time anymore
Galapagos Islands inspired me to think different about the world. You guys don’t have to be evolutionary biologist to appreciate one of the few places left on the planet where the human footprint is kept to a minimum.
A World Heritage Site because of their unique biodiversity and inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, the Galápagos Islands already had 97 percent of their landmass protected as a national park. Anyway, few months ago, a new sanctuary now protects the unique marine life around the Galápagos Islands, including the highest abundance of sharks known in the world.
My big tip for you fellow travellers: See it before it’s gone
How to get there, best time and cost
There are two seasons in the islands: the hot/rainy season. From December to June and from June to November, you can expect cool winds, occasionally bringing with them a light misty-type drizzle called “garúa.”
The only way to get in the islands from the mainland is by plane from Guayaquil or Quito airport. Most of the people think that Galapagos Islands is just for “rich” people, well it’s NOT TRUE. We paid 250€ each for a return flight from Quito and in my next post I will talk about “How is travelling to Galapagos Islands on a budget”.
Here how to discover South America in 2 minutes! Me and my wife in our best 120 shots of 6 months of travel… Enjoy
- My best tip: Don’t get stuck with the thing that ruins your day, life is too short to be wasted in your crap. Smile and be positive because there are so many beautiful reasons to be happy, one of those is travelling.
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