Enchanted islands

Ecuador’s archipelago was known to early explorers as “Las Islas Encantadas.” Today, they are named after one of their most famous inhabitants: the giant tortoises, whos shells are reminiscent of a Spanish saddle called “Galápago.” The islands may have changed their names, but they are no less magical. Close encounters with wild animals such as giant tortoises, penguins, sea lions or iguanas win the hearts of every visitor. But still, tortoises and other species are threatened by introduced animals, by habitat destruction as well as by poaching and by the illegal wildlife trade.

Photos of penguins, sea lions and birds of the galápagos islands can be found on the respective species pages.

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