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Galapagos Legend - Charles Darwin & the theory of evolution

Galapagos Islands Darwin`s Wake

The Galapagos archipelago is a world within itself.

Famed as the inspiration for the theory of evolution, and feted on a thousand natural history television programs, the Galapagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean of South America, are everything they are made out to be.

We invite you to read on and enjoy this virtual tour with the hope you will be enticed to join one of our exploratory voyages in Darwin´s wake, to experience the same wonder which struck the young scientist some 180 years ago.

The Galapagos are a living laboratory of evolution, where life in all its fantastical forms, unique and strange, beautiful and beguiling, takes centre stage.

Here you find iguanas that learnt to dive, penguins preening in the Tropics, and birds that forgot how to fly. And all of them are fearless of Man.Nowhere else on Earth can you experience the oneness of all living creatures, and get nearer, as Darwin put it, to " the mystery of mysteries - the first appearance of new beings on this earth. "

The Charles Darwin Station

The Charles Darwin research station is known worldwide for its efforts towards conservation and protection of the Galapagos Islands. Many scientists from all around the world reside and study the enchanted Isles using the station as their base. The Darwin center runs many successful projects. One of the most important programs the station is running is the breeding and re-introduction for Giant tortoises to certain Islands.

The work performed by the Darwin Station is backed by several international organizations that help channel donations to conserve the Islands. Another important source of funds comes through tourism. Each visitor must pay an entrance fee of $100 to visit the Islands (no exceptions), this mony helps preserve the habitat of the archipelago.

98% of the Galapagos Islands park is protected areas and access is only granted to scientists and park rangers. Only 2% of the archipelago is allowed to be visited by tourists.