Galápagos Islands
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Galápagos Islands
Galápagos Islands

This archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is famous for its fascinating array of plant and animal life that are living examples of the theory of evolution in practice. Located 972 kilometers (604 miles) from the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos are home to birds, reptiles and other animals that have developed in ways that are distinctly different from those on the South American mainland—there are even differences between the species on the 20 islands themselves. The animals here, long having been protected from human predators, fearlessly approach visitors. You are guaranteed some unforgettable photo opportunities.

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