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Galapagos Islands - Overview
You don’t have to be an evolutionary biologist to appreciate one of the few places left on the planet where the evidence of human presence is kept to a minimum. The Islands of the Galapagos are a destination of contrasts, from the stark volcanic islands with immense lava fields to islands rich with vegetation and rimmed with sandy beaches. The diverse range of animals that live on these remote islands have no fear of mankind and it is clear to see why Charles Darwin was so fascinated with this area, it inspired him to write his theory of evolution.
The fearlessness of the animals is one of the foremost attractions for visitors to the Islands, their relative lack of exposure to man and other predators enables visitors to get closer to the wildlife than is possible almost anywhere else in the world. It is important however to understand the fragility of the islands’ ecosystem, to maintain the pristine and unspoilt environment which makes the Galapagos so desirable. There are marked trails which must be followed and strict regulations which your guides and boat crews will enforce.
Although the Galapagos can be visited all year round, the climate can be divided into two seasons – from January to June is the hot season, while the rest of the year is generally cloudier and cooler.