Located 620 miles off the east coast of Ecuador, these remote volcanic islands have some of the most diverse and vibrant ecosystems in the world. Charles Darwin, who developed his theories of evolution while on the Galápagos islands, described them as “a little world within itself.”
Unfortunately, the effects of global warming are drastically changing the makeup of these once secluded islands. In 2007 the islands were placed on the World Heritage Danger List, and although the archipelago was removed from the list in 2010 environmentalists warn that the area is still not in the clear.
A continuous increase in ocean temperature is causing coral bleaching and the death of a number of marine species. Rising sea levels are also threatening the island. As the volcanic activity in the area already causes the land to subside, the islands are particularly vulnerable to any level changes.
In an attempt to preserve the delicate biosphere, the islands are highly protected and luxury yacht charter or taking a private yacht around the islands comes with restrictions. If you want to visit this unique archipelago, don’t miss our guide to discovering the Galápagos Islands by superyacht.
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