The Galápagos Islands are certianly at the forefront of people's minds when they think about Ecuador. The islands were made famous through the studies of Charles Darwin in the early 1800s. Darwin was intrigued by the vast number of unique animal and marine species found throughout the Galápagos Islands, which helped in the development of his theory of natural selection explaining evolution.
Over the last few decades, interest in the Galápagos Islands has increased dramatically. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the Islands every year, looking for an experience that is offered through virtually no other region in the world.
There are dozens of unique animals found within the Galápagos Islands that aren't found anywhere else in the world. This, along with other distinctive features make the Galápagos Islands one of Ecuador’s most amazing destinations.
The Galápagos Islands are located nearly 1,000 km west of Ecuador’s mainland. If traveling internationally by plane, the only way to get to the Islands is through Quito or Guayaquil. Once there, travelers can take one of the daily non-stop flights to the Galápagos Islands. Alternatively, there are local ships that travel to the Islands, although it takes several days to arrive.