GALAPAGOS 1

The Galapagos islands, which belong to Ecuador and are situated about 1 thousand kilometres off the western coast of the mainland, have been a National Park since 1959, a century after the publication of Charles Darwin’s pivotal book The Origin of Species.

In 1845 Darwin wrote, about the islands: „..Hence, both in space and time, we seem to be brought somewhat nearer to that great fact- that mystery of mysteries- the first appearance of new beings on this earth“.

For centuries the islands had been visited by pirates and adventurers as well as traders and scientists who stocked up on water and tortoise meat.  They have been known by various names including  „Archipiélago de Colón” after Christopher Columbus and „Islas Encantadas“ (Bewitched Islands).

More globally they are known as the Galapagos islands.

Below are some random photos we took of the wondrous creatures we saw across the different islands we visited.

nacza boobie:

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Sally lightfoot crab:

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tortoise:

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frolicking sea lions:

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marine iguana chilling out:

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sea lions:

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land iguana:

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spot the iguanas and crabs and …

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blue footed boobies:

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some kind of dove or mockingbird ? whatever it is, it’s gorgeous:

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masked boobie/ nacza:

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boobie chick?

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blue footed boobie:

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chicks and iguanas playground:

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land iguana on watch:

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Sally lightfoot crab:

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majestic tortoise:

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More posts and photos of the Galapagos wonders to follow!

(most of the photos were taken by Mirek)

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “GALAPAGOS 1

  1. Rachael Smith

    Pia…I remember these amazing animals…we were so privileged to share their home and lucky to experience it all with some truly wonderful people! I loved seeing some of our memories again…thank you xx

    • Thanks Rachel, it’s certainly taken me long enough to get those posts online and I am so pleased you have enjoyed reliving that wonderful time! There might be more to come… so nice to hear from you 🙂 and it’s true, it’s not just the animals on that trip which were wonderful!

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