Think Galapagos Islands and an image of giant tortoises will likely come to mind; the most famous being Lonesome George - the last Pinta Island tortoise who sadly became extinct in 2012. Abundantly rich with unique flora and fauna, Charles Darwin’s visit to the islands in 1835 led to his observations of the natural adaptation differences in Galapagos finches, mockingbirds and tortoises (depending on the island they inhabited), which consequently shaped his Theory of Evolution. Aside from tortoises and Darwinian theories, the Galapagos Islands’ location in the Pacific Ocean and close proximity to the equator, also make it famous for having 12 hours of daylight, every day of the year.
This equal length of day and night-time makes it possible to see both diurnal and nocturnal creatures roaming around; the best of both worlds for wildlife enthusiasts. What’s more, these animals are naturally curious and often happy to get right up close to visitors. Although relatively unspoilt by humans, evidence of inhabitants dating back to the 1700s can be found on Post Office Bay, where a makeshift barrel that was once used by sailors and whalers to send messages back home is a site still in use today.