The Galapagos islands lie in the Pacific Ocean about 1000 km west of the mainland. They are vulcanic of origin and are known for their bird and animal life. Charles Darwin spent time here in 1835 and what he observed influenced his theory of evolution, especially the finches “Darwin’s finches”. I saw a couple of finches, bu was not able to take any picture of them.
Galapagos consist of several islands and 18 is larger than 1 square km. Isabella is the largest with 6 active vulcanoes. It was actually a “custom inspection” in and out of Isabella. We stayed on Santa Cruz, the second largest island, in a nice hotel in the largest city on the islands called Puerto Ayora.
Today the islands are a tourist attraction, but the number is regulated to 200 000-220 000 per year. Each group is given a time slot for each island visit and there are clearly marked tracks and we were not allowed to walk outside those.
I don’t know how anyone would like to touch the cacti or be able to touch the birds.