Galapagos Wildlife: An Extraordinary Ecosystem


A trip to the Galapagos Islands surely has to feature on many wildlife lover’s bucket list. So much so that some people have a Bronze Wildlife Sculpture in their homes depicting one or more of their favorite animals that are located on these beautiful islands. If you are looking for something for your own property then https://www.gillparker produce some wonderful examples of bronze statues.

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For nestled the heart of the Pacific Ocean, this collection of archipelago islands boasts an extraordinary eco-system that plays host to several species of plant and animal – some that are found nowhere else in the world. But what exactly can you expect from a trip to this magical area of the world?

Why Is the Galapagos So Special?

The unique nature of the Galapagos eco-system is largely down to its location. Set 1000km off the coast of Ecuador, the island is remote and its flora and fauna have been untouched and isolated from outside components for hundreds of years.

Most archipelago islands are formed by ancient volcanoes that erupted on the ocean floor and this is true for the Galapagos. These volcanoes still shift and change under the surface of the water, and the effects of this are visible on the islands. Being based on tectonic plates means that the islands’ structures and environment are constantly altering; the place you visit today may look very different if you return in 10 years time.

What Are You Likely to See in Galapagos?

On and offshore you are bound to see plants, wildlife and animals to enchant and delight you. Giant turtles, baby albatrosses, lava lizards and a huge variety of bird species are just some of the creatures you’ll stumble across. Those lucky enough to experience snorkeling off the island may also catch a glimpse of seahorses, tropical fish, sea lions and even killer whales in the distance.

And once again the remote location of the island means that there is a distinct absence of natural predators so many species are unafraid and unperturbed by human visitors. The Galapagos is probably one of the few places where you can walk alongside wild animals who won’t react to your presence.

Planning Your Trip

While Galapagos holidays don’t come cheap, they aren’t completely unattainable to those on a budget. A cost friendly ‘backpacker hub’ exists in Puerto Ayora and flights and accommodation can be much more affordable outside of peak season.

If money is no object then seeing the wonders of the Galapagos from the luxury of an eco-friendly yacht on a National Geographic Expedition is surely a once in a lifetime experience.