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The Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, 960 kilometers off the coast of Ecuador. They have thirteen islands, all of volcanic origin and more than a hundred islets and rocky outcrops. They are known because of their amazing flora and fauna found throughout the islands. Also the Galapagos Islands are home of an infinity of species that only exist in this part of the planet. As an example of these endemic species are the giant tortoises, the Galapagos penguin, the finches of Darwin, the blue-footed booby and many others.

The exotic landscapes are unique in the islands of the Pacific, its huge lava fields, rock formations, cactus forests, volcanic cones and marine landscapes, which house underground volcanoes, rocky bottoms, vertical walls and coral reefs, giving life to an extraordinary biodiversity of species where you can have great adventures. The Galapagos Islands almost in its entirety is considered a national park, while the sea in its surroundings is considered a marine reserve. Only four of the islands are inhabited, the town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in San Cristóbal, Puerto Villamil in Isabela and Puerto Velasco in Floreana.

Casa Natura is a small family farmhouse surrounded by nature in the highlands of the island of Santa Cruz and in the center of the main sites for excursions and diving in the Galapagos. It has 14 rooms, a dining room, a self-guided path and several social areas for passengers to experience. All rooms have a private balcony that allows guests to enjoy the lush landscape of the Galápagos highlands and its ecosystem.

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SCUBA DIVING

Diving in this small group of volcanic islands is a unique experience. The natural beauty exuded by the Galapagos Islands show us an incredible diversity of life both terrestrial and marine, from penguins to giant tortoises, sea horses, hammerheads, rays, whale sharks and sea lions. Diving tours is you best option to discover the amazing underwater Galapagos life.

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SNORKELING

Do not miss the opportunity to experience the snorkeling activity where you will be part of an impressive show watching thousands of fish, in various shapes and exotic colors. A truly amazing place, the Enchanted Islands is the marine paradise, where the underwater fauna is unlike any other place in the world.

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KAYAKING

In the Galapagos Islands it is very usual to see the spectacle created by countless species through its crystal clear waters. The adventure in kayak can show you these marvels in the first row, turning it into an interesting activity that you should not miss while enjoying Garrapatero beach.

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BEACH

The Galapagos Islands archipelago, located in the Pacific Ocean, is made up of 19 islands belonging to Ecuador. Among them, we find islands of volcanic origin and other islands belonging to the submarine mountain range that extends to the south of the continent. Its paradisiacal beaches, fine sands, crystal clear waters, are its main attraction, where you can enjoy the exotic wildlife while relaxing by the sea. Enjoy the impressive Garrapatero beach, where you can interact with friendly species such as flamingos and ducks.

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HIKING

Experience incredible wildlife encounters, explore the lava trails alive with birds, even the second largest volcano in the world, relax on the white sand beaches full of sea lions and marine iguanas, snorkel with sea turtles and sharks. Hiking is a perfect adventure for groups and families of all ages where you can discover nature in the Galapagos Islands.

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BIKING

Riding a bike in the Galapagos Islands is a different adventure experience where you can discover the different landscapes it offers. Farms, highland dirt roads, isolated beaches and excellent scenic viewpoints are among the most prominent places to enjoy bike rides through the Galapagos.

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The 5 species you must visit at the Galapagos Islands

Giant Tortoise

These are the largest and longest living turtles in the world. The largest giant tortoise in Galapagos that was recorded measured 1.5 meters and weighed 549 kg. These species can live more than 100 years in the wild, while captive individuals that have been known can live up to 170 years.

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Blue Footed Booby

The blue-footed booby is a bird distinguished by the intense blue color of its legs. His name in English “booby” comes from the word “bobo” due to the clumsiness that becomes when moving by land. However, they are excellent flyers, spend the greater part of their lives flying over the sea. Their species is the only one that builds its nest made up of branches in trees and shrubs.

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Marine Iguana

According to the research conducted by Charles Darwin, the marine iguana is one of the most incredible species of Galapagos due to its amazing adaptations and evolutionary changes.They arrived as terrestrial iguanas, and then they made an evolutionary leap to a marine state and then spread throughout the archipelago. They are found only in the Galapagos Islands.

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Galapagos Pinguin

This is the only penguin specie that lives north of the equatorial zone. Its appearance is due to the fact that a small group of penguins were dragged to the islands by the Humboldt Current, which originates in Antarctica and flows northwards, along the South American coast, from Chile to the North from Peru.

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Galapagos Hawk

In the archipelago, the animal at the top of the food chain belongs to the Galápagos hawk, a large endemic bird of prey. As a predator, it has no natural enemies, but it is classified as vulnerable. A genetic research shows that the arrivals of these birds are no more than 300,000 years, compared to other species such as finches, which arrived two or three million years ago.

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Galapagos Sea Lion

These sea lions are one of the largest animals in the Galapagos. They are also among the favorites of tourists, who see them from their arrival lying on the rocks, docks and even banks near the beaches. The Galapagos sea lions are very friendly and it is even safe to dive and swim near them if they are not disturbed.

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Hammerhead Shark

The hammerhead shark is named for the shape of its head, which resembles a hammer, this form provides better vision and provides a wider area of ​​electroreceptores. These electroreceptors serve to detect electrical signals while hunting on the seabed. It is usually seen around the Gordon Rocks and Beagle Islands, in the north of the archipelago.

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The facilities were inaugurated in 1964 so that scientists could use the station as a base for their research in the Galapagos Islands. For decades, work was carried out on conservation, restoration and sustainable development projects for the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands. More than a hundred scientists, research assistants, educators, support staff and volunteers from all over the world have contributed to various investigations. Currently, the staff of the organization is made up of more than 75% of Ecuadorians and its goal is the professional training of the permanent residents of the Galapagos. The facilities are made up of offices and research laboratories, both marine and terrestrial, a conference room and a diversity of collections on natural history. The areas open to the public have an exhibition hall, native gardens and a public library. In addition to being a tourist destination, the Research Station is of vital importance, as it is responsible for providing scientific knowledge and technical advice to the Government of Ecuador for the conservation of Galapagos.

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