Islands full of distinct plant and animal species
Welcome to the Galápagos Islands, a captivating realm where time seems to stand still, and the wonders of evolution are on full display, showcasing an extraordinary diversity of life found nowhere else on Earth. The isolation of these islands allowed for the evolution of distinct plant and animal species, which Charles Darwin famously studied during his voyage on the HMS Beagle in 1835. The diverse and unusual wildlife found on the islands, including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and Darwin's finches, captured Darwin's attention and played a significant role in developing his theory of evolution.
The Galápagos Islands have gained renown for their ecological significance and breathtaking beauty. In 1959, Ecuador declared the Galápagos Islands a national park to safeguard their fragile ecosystems. Furthermore, in 1978, they were acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage site, underscoring their global importance and the importance of preservation.