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Six hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador lies a group of islands that were unknown until just a few centuries ago. Free of humans for almost their entire history, the Galapagos Islands have developed some of the most unique forms of life on the planet, highly adapted to the harsh surroundings and in ecological isolation from the rest of the world.

Visitors come to the islands to see the unparalleled variety of wildlife that flourishes due to the remote location and temperate climate. The most famous residents are the giant tortoises after whom the islands are named, although other common species include iguana, dolphins, boobies and cormorants. The animals are so used to human company visitors can even swim with penguins and sea lions.


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