The Galapagos Islands are located in the Republic of Ecuador. This is a group of volcanic islands that are located on either side of the Equator. Located in the Pacific Ocean in the Western Hemisphere, it lies to the west of the continent of Ecuador. The islands are known for endemic species that exist here in vast numbers; the islands gained fame when Charles Darwin came here and made his observations and collected different kinds of specimen to form his theory of evolution.
The Galapagos Islands are surrounded by waters that form the Galapagos province, the Marine Reserve and Galapagos National Park. It is said that the Bishop of Panama came across it and recorded his visit here in 1535. There were initial Spanish settlers here, after which the islands were taken over by the Republic of Ecuador. Today, those who wish to visit the Galapagos Islands can visit two of them, the Baltra and San Cristobal islands. These two islands can be flown as there are airports here. Usually charters or private vessels fly into these airports. Today there are several yachts and tour ships that are operated here by different travel companies. There are several organized tours that take travelers to tour these islands.
Traveling to the area can enjoy the local guidance and expertise of local fishermen who can take guests for cruising the waters around these islands. Often these cruises have overnight accommodation that allows people to spend nights in Galapagos. About 85 ships and yachts can accommodate overnight guests here. For overnight beach stays one needs to take permission from the military government. Certain islands that are inhabited have recreational facilities offered by the locals. There are land based hotels on islands like Floreana, Isabela, San Cristobal and Santa Cruz. There are small hotels and restaurants that make these islands tourist friendly. Among the recreational activities one can try snorkeling and scuba diving.