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What to Expect on a Visit to Galapagos

January 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This article was written by Phin Upham,

The Galapagos Islands are well known as a wildlife-watching destination. The region birthed our current theories of evolution based on the animals observed there. The islands themselves are some of the best protected natural heritage sites, adding to the spectacle and majesty of the location.

The Islands

The archipelago is made up of volcanic formations, forests of cactus plants, highlands with green grass and beautiful turquoise water. The islands are also full of indigenous species that cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. Humans so rarely visit these islands that some creatures will fearlessly approach tourists.

The islands of Darwin’s theories are made of 13 different formations covering about four square miles. They are located just over 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, and each island seems to have its own atmosphere and landscape.

What to Do

There are plenty of activities to do, from snorkeling to boating, and plenty of animals to watch out for. Blue-footed boobies wander the landscape amidst penguins and finches. The giant tortoises that inspired Darwin’s theories on evolution are still found on the island side-by-side with sea lions.

There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy a relaxing island getaway. Sun yourself on the black volcanic rocks, or enjoy the diverse sea life through a glass-bottomed boat ride. You can also visit the Charles Darwin research station to learn more about the island’s scientific heritage.

About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website

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