Located 600 miles west of Continental Ecuador and on the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands are perhaps the most precious treasure humankind has in terms of ecological, wildlife and evolutionary studies. This claim is validated by UNESCO's declaration of the isles as "World Natural Heritage" and by other scientific studies.
But why are these islands so important to humanity, or why should anyone visit them?
Not only are these islands attractive for their volcanic origin and their magnificent beauty, but also, as mentioned before, because of the story they encrypt about the evolution of the species on the planet. Charles Darwin formulated his "Theory of Evolution" based on his differentiation studies of species from island to island, noting how resource and geographic endowments affected their adaptation and evolution.
Yet what is more striking to visitors and scientists alike is the behavior of the species towards humans. Where else in the world will you have birds approach you and play around your feet without fear? Or have the chance to swim freely with sea lions, snorkel for hummer head sharks, or scuba dive with timid whale sharks?.
In fact, the Galapagos are a marine paradise, which can claim to be the best place in the world for snorkeling and diving. Let Via Natura be your guide through the amazing natural wonders that Galapagos has to offer.