A guide to the Galapagos Islands, whether
you're interested in the natural history, the geology
and wildlife or the unspoiled unique wilderness that
is the Galapagos Archipelago.
If you want to travel to the
Galapagos on a cruise or other
vacation, there's information on trips that are
running this year and next.
If you want to see pictures of the Galapagos Islands,
sure to find enough to whet your appetite.
If armchair travel is your thing and researching
the ideas and background of Darwin's voyage on HMS Beagle
or the evolutionary ideas he developed through his studies
of Natural History, then you'll find some useful commentaries
Nazca booby (masked booby)
Galapagos Sea Lion
Zalophus californianus wollebacki
with non-native species
The Galapagos Islands lie almost exactly on the equator. They have
been uninhabited for most of recorded history and were very quiet
- almost unknown - until they became a useful stopping off
and provisioning point for whaling ships and pirates.
Despite this activity, little notice was paid and their greatest
claim to fame might have been that the author Herman Melville (who
later wrote Moby Dick) visited while on a whale ship, had
not landed in 1835 carrying the young British naturalist Charles
The islands and their natural history were to be of the utmost
importance in helping Darwin to formulate his theory of Evolution
by Natural Selection.