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Galapagos, Ecuador

Galapagos, Ecuador

Turtles and iguanas and blue-footed boobies abound in this World Heritage site located off of the coast of Ecuador. Best known as the location that spurred Charles Darwin’s evolutionary ideas, the Galapagos, an archipelago of volcanic islands, is home to many unique animals that you won’t find anywhere else in the world, like the marina iguana, frigate birds, Darwin finches and blue-footed boobies.

 The Galapagos are one of the most popular destinations for animal enthusiasts to get up close and personal with a wide variety of wildlife. However, along with this popularity comes the inherent fragility of the ecosystem. Changing temperatures, the introduction of non-native species and the rapid increase in the human population are affecting this area. Go now, but do your research and travel responsibly.