The Galapagos archipelago hides a secret: the secret of life. Thirteen large islands, six of medium size, and more than two hundred islets and rocks, and the sea surrounding them, is all that you need to host one of the most impressive biological reserves of the planet.
All this means a unique experience. Since most of what you will find in the Galapagos, you will not find it in any other part of the world.
Animal Species of the Galapagos
This archipelago has a special feature: it has never been connected with the continent. All the living creatures found there have arrived by travelling: by air, or on floating islands of vegetation… and once arrived there, most of them no longer returned to their homes, and evolved to different forms in comparison to their mainland relatives.
That evidence was enlightened to Darwin in his evolution theory by natural selection and adaptation to the environment. That evidence is impressive.
But the cycle of life, before arriving at the animals, should be started by the plants. And the wealth of Galapagos, in this topic, is in equal terms of the wildlife that shares its ecosystem.
In fact, there are seven distinct vegetation zones:
Overall, there are 560 plant species (one-third of which is endemic), a lot of lichens and mosses, and two hundred species introduced subsequently: a theatre that is perfect for life development, in the most incredible way you can imagine.
But you do not have to imagine it.
You only have to come and see it.