There are people living in Galapagos?, you might ask. Yes, there are! Galapagos Archipelago is 600 miles from the coast of South America, right on the Equator line & is a province of Ecuador. The islands are famous because of Charles Darwin. He visited them back in the 1800’s & their flora & fauna were instrumental in his developing his theory of evolution. The Darwin finches with their beaks are one of the key elements of his theory.
The Galapagos Archipelago is composed of 18 major islands, lots of smaller islets & plenty of rocks. The islands are young in the evolutionary cycle and are thought to be no more than 5 millions years old. The Unesco & the Ecuadorian government formed a natural preserve back in 1964 and they have done a great job of keeping them pristine for study & future generations.
I was lucky enough to live in the Islands during the 1960’s & I have fond memories of that time. I lived in Puerto Ayora in the island of Santa Cruz (one of the major islands with people). There are people who live in 4 large Islands but the rest are not populated. There are plenty of domestic animals introduced by the Spanish of roaming bands of sailors, which have roamed wild & in instances destroyed the indigenous animals as they compete for food or destroy the young.
For more information, please visit the following links:
Galápagos Islands – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://ow.ly/6DjSz
Galápagos National Park – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://ow.ly/6DjUl
Galápagos Islands – UNESCO World Heritage Centre http://ow.ly/6Dh9g
Santa Cruz Galapagos http://ow.ly/6Dhkv
Great pictures of the sea animals in Galapagos from Pat’s journal – Visiones de Galápagos
My memories of the years I spent there will be the subject of future blogs: favorite beach, working at the Charles Darwin Foundation, one room school, Santa Cruz, my favorite island, flora & fauna, etc.