Hartley’s Safaris UK
+44 (0) 1673 861 600
Hartley’s South Africa
+27 (0) 11 467 4704
Museum of living species Galapagos
These remote volcanic islands, with their unique and fascinating endemic species, continue to inspire and amaze visitors today, just as they inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution over 200 years ago.Situated in the Pacific Ocean, 1000km from the South American continent in the Province of Ecuador, is where you will find the remote Galapagos Islands. Home to some of the richest diversities of marinelife, due to its location where three ocean current converge, makes this magnificent archipelago one of the best diving destinations in the world and fully deserving of its status as a World Heritage Site.The ongoing volcanic activity on the islands bears testament to their creation. Born from erupting oceanic volcanoes, these isolated islands are home to a fascinating variety of wildlife, most of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. These circumstances inspired Darwin’s theory of natural selection and his theory of evolution following his visit in 1835.Most exciting for visitors is the unique and fearless wildlife that inhabit these islands. Marine iguanas, giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, flightless cormorants and a variety of finches can all be seen and approached, most of which are curious of humans, making close encounters a common occurrence.Although the Galapagos Islands are notorious for their spectacular wildlife, the landscape is equally astonishing with long stretches of shoreline bordered by steep cliffs, magnificent lava and shell sand beaches and mangrove swamps that shelter secluded lagoons.