I admit, before I went to the Galapagos myself there was a lot that wasn’t clear to me about these islands. But there are so many interesting things to know! Maybe if you start now you’ll absorb more while you’re there. Amaze your friends with these Fun Facts:
The Galapagos Islands are a volcanic archipelago belonging to Ecuador, set 550 miles west of its mainland.
The islands are considered one of the most active volcanic areas in the world. Recent eruptions include Cero Azul on Isabela in 2008, and on Fernandina in 2009.
There are 13 main islands larger than 1 square KM; 3 small islands; and 107 rocks and islets.
Only five of the islands are inhabited; Baltra, Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela, and Floreana.
Isabella (the largest island) and Fernandina (the youngest, at 1 million years) are still forming.
Espanola is the oldest island – 3.5 million years!
Floreana was one of the first islands to be inhabited, and since the 18th century whalers have dropped their letters off at its ‘post office ‘- a wooden barrel!
Isabela is the only Galapagos island the equator runs through, and it is the only island where penguins can be found in their natural habitat in the Northern Hemisphere.
The Humboldt Current brings cold water to the Galapagos; June – November the water can be 22C / 72F. December – May the water warms up to about 25C / 77F (brr!)
A REALLY interesting book about life in the Galapagos is My Father’s Island by Johanna Angermeyer. The Angermeyer Inn is still family run today on the island of Santa Cruz.