Published on March 3rd, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
Facty things: 10 facts about the Galapagos Islands
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The Galapagos Islands are one of the most hypnotizing places on Earth. True story. It’s nature at its wildest, free-est and brightest. There are not too many destinations where it feels like humans are the visitors and the animals rule the roost. This is their turf and we’re just along for the ride. It’s the kind of place you can swim with sea lions one day, and take a walk with iguanas the next.
You can see blue-footed boobies shake their tail feathers and imagine that Charles Darwin might be just around the corner. The sheer number of creatures, big, small, weird and wild, will Blow. Your. Mind. It’s nature’s playground and it’s spectacular.
1. MILES FROM HOME
The Galapagos is home to the only breeding penguins in the Northern Hemisphere.
The word “Galapagos” is Spanish for turtle.
3. IMPRESSIVE IGUANAS
Galapagos marine iguanas are the only lizards in the world that can swim in the ocean.
4. HOT WATER
Galapagos Islands are essentially volcanic rock and the volcanoes are still active today.
5. FAMOUS, NOT FIRST
Charles Darwin wasn’t the first human to set foot on the islands, that happened about 300 years earlier.
6. RAT-EATING CENTIPEDES
The scolopendra centipede grows up to 30cm long and has been known to eat small rats.
7. TWO FOR FINCHING
Darwin realized that finches had different beaks for different food, depending on the island. We’re guessing he had better than 20/20 vision.
8. GOING POSTAL
One of the oldest, and most remote post offices in the world is here. You can drop a letter off and pick one up to deliver in your home country.
9. LONESOME GEORGE
The last of the giant Pinta Island Tortoises died just a few years ago. He was thought to be over a hundred years old.
10. YOU SAY ENDEMIC, WE SAY WOW
There are 28 endemic bird species on the islands. For those endemically challenged, that means you won’t find them anywhere else in the world.