10 Interesting Facts About the Galápagos Islands; Kiersten Rich; The Blonde Abroad

Ecuador – Galápagos Islands

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you’ve likely already gathered that I am head over heels in love with the Galápagos Islands.

These magical islands are unlike anywhere else on the planet, serving as a lovely reminder of how incredibly special and profoundly beautiful our planet really is.

A province of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are located about 600 miles off the Ecuadorian coast in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Created by a series of volcanic eruptions, this enchanting place is made up of 19 islands and countless islets.

I’ve had the amazing opportunity to explore the mangroves of Black Turtle Cove, dive Tagus Cove, bird watch in Genovesa Island, and see other gorgeous sites of these Ecuadorian islands.

1. It’s The Most Biodiverse Place on Earth

A whopping 97% of the islands are considered a national park. The Galápagos National Park was established back in 1959 as Ecuador’s first national park.

Half of the land species (and 1/5 of the marine species) are endemic to the Galapagos.

Read more from source: 10 Interesting Facts About the Galápagos Islands • The Blonde Abroad

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