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The Galapagos Islands

What?

These are a set of islands which have a large range of living things in a relatively unspoiled environment. They were famously visited by Charles Darwin. They provided clues which helped him develop his (and our) understanding of how species evolved by natural selection over a vast amount of time.

Where?

The Galapagos Islands are a territory of Ecuador, a few hundred miles off the west coast of South America. They spread across the equator, but are mostly south of it.

Low sun over the Devil's Crown, Galapagos IslandsPhotography

Yes! But only if you are interested in spectacular landscapes and seascapes, and lots of interesting birds, animals and plants, sometimes close up.

Galleries here are:

Evolution by natural selection

Darwin proposed his theory of evolution by natural selection in 1859. The book in which he did so, "On the Origin of Species", must surely be one of the most readable original publications of a scientific theory there has been. The theory has stood the test of time.

Ecuador

Mainland Ecuador

VicunaThe Galapagos Islands may often be peoples' target for a holiday. But Ecuador, the country of which the Galapagos Islands are a territory, is well worth a visit in its own right. Have a swim in the Amazon. Spend some time in the Andes.

Devil's Nose Railway

At the very least spend a few hours on top of a coach on the "Devil's Nose Railway" while it zigzags down the Andes! (Don't ask - just do it!)

Page last updated: 8 January, 2010