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The Galapagos Islands

Our expedition will involve exploring one of the most lively marine and land ecosystems in the world, the Galapagos Islands. Known as the ‘unique living museum and showcase of evolution’, the Galapagos Islands are made up of 19 islands situated amid the Pacific Ocean approximately 600 miles from the Ecuadorian Coast. The active volcanic processes that formed the islands and led to the evolution of genetically developed marine and land animals are still ongoing; it's no wonder they influenced Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution following his visit in 1835. These islands have become the platform for many research and conservation efforts, such as the Charles Darwin Research Center (don’t worry, this will be included in the trip!). Home to a variety of native species such as the land iguana, Galapagos penguins and flamingos, blue-footed boobies and the giant tortoise, these tropical islands also feature beautiful rainforests, white sandy beaches and lava-formed tunnels that will leave you in awe!