The Enchanted Galapágos Islands

Considered one of the world’s foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing, The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the equator in the Pacific Ocean surrounding the centre of the Western Hemisphere. Located 906 km (563 mi) west of continental Ecuador, the islands are known for their large number of endemic species that were studied by Charles Darwin during the second voyage of HMS Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin’s theory of evolution by means of natural selection.

Visiting the Galapagos is a privilege – and a responsibility. For a guide to responsible tourism in the islands from the Galapagos Conservation Trust please visit:

You can also consult Galapagos Wildlife. A Visitor’s Guide by AES member David Horwell. It is a colourful and informative guide to the island’s unique flora and its marine and terrestrial wildlife. The lively text describes all the endemic animals (and more) and illustrated with superb colour photos on land and below the sea. All main visitor sites are described in precise detail with accompanying colour maps. You can buy it here: