Magical! That would be a good word to describe these isolated islands of volcanic origin. This isolation allowed for the development of unique species, many of which and are not found anywhere else in the world. These unique animals act with indifference toward human beings because they never developed a fear of humans. This being one of the many reasons these islands are an icon of biodiversity. It was these geologically young islands, with numerous endemic species, that led the naturalist Charles Darwin to establish his theory of evolution by natural selection.
The Galapagos archipelago is located in the Pacific Ocean, 972 km from the coasts of the Ecuador. The archipelago is made up of thirteen large islands, six medium-sized islands and 215 islets, its landscapes are a true spectacle of nature. The islands were the refuge of pirates who approached the Spanish royal fleets for centuries and have always been quite mysterious.
The archipelago is home to beautiful beaches and exciting trails where it is possible to do various activities such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, biking, etc. All these activities are carefully planned and organized. This way the fragile ecosystem of the islands is not altered. The Galapagos National Park covers 7,995.4 km², 97% of the terrestrial area of the islands, in the other 3% there are human settlements, made up of three small towns, which are surprisingly developed and oriented towards the prosperous tourism industry.
During the last two decades, the Galapagos National Park has successfully managed to develop and manage a tourist environment with high quality services and an excellent hotel infrastructure that is perfectly balanced with nature. Visitors to the Galapagos Islands will be able to enjoy and appreciate one of the few places left on earth where the human footprint is kept to a minimum.
A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.