I’ve recently been a bit obsessed with the Galapagos Islands. I’ve been watching a documentary about them and went back through all of my pictures from my trip. I thought it would be fun to share some Galapagos Islands facts with you today. If you want to read more fun facts, here are some about the US national parks.
1. Only 3% of the Galapagos Islands is not part of the national park
2. There are 20 islands, 42 islets, and over 250 rocks that make up the Galapagos Islands
3. The Galapagos Islands are the only place in the northern hemisphere you can see penguins in their natural habitat
4. There are 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness every day year-round
5. The oldest Galapagos tortoise on record live 152 years
6. Green Sea Turtles are believed to have walked the beaches with dinosaurs
7. The Galapagos Islands are formed at the meeting of three tectonic plates: the Pacific, Cocos, and Nazca
8. There are 800 species of mollusks and fish
9. The Galapagos Islands are named after the shape of the tortoise shells that look like horse riding saddles
10. The oldest islands are gradually sinking back into the ocean, but the younger ones are still growing
11. Half of the land species and one-fifth of the marine species are endemic (native) to the Galapagos Islands
12. The Galapagos Islands are about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador
13. The Galapagos marine iguana is the only lizard in the world that can swim
14. The Galapagos is also home to the only cormorant that can’t fly
15. Espanola is the oldest island in the Galapagos at 3.5 to 4 million years old while the youngest is Fernandina at around 1 million
16. The first post office on the Galapagos Islands was a barrel for whalers passing by on Floreana
17. You can still send mail from Post Office Bay on Floreana by dropping off a letter without a stamp and taking a letter with you that is directed towards where you live
18. Galapagos sharks can grow up to ten feet long and when the pups are born, they flee to shallow water to gain strength and avoid being eaten by their parents
19. The Galapagos Islands became the first UNESCO Worl Heritage Site in 1978
20. They were also the first national park in Ecuador
21. About 25,000 people live on the Galapagos Islands, most on Santa Cruz
22. The Giant Galapagos tortoises can survive months without food or water
23. There are seven different species of lava lizards
24. There are three types of boobies on the Galapagos Islands: blue-footed, red-footed, and Nazca
25. There is a snorkeling site with a completely submerged volcano with underwater lava tunnels called Devil’s Crown
26. The only endemic land mammals are rice rats and two species of bats
27. Sierra Negra is the second largest caldera in the world after Yellowstone
28. The Galapagos Islands were formed by volcanic activity and have never touched the continent
29. The Galapagos are home to 600 endemic plant species
30. There are red, gold, white, green, black, and pink sand beaches in the Galapagos
Have you been to the Galapagos Islands? Do you want to go? Which fact is your favorite? What do you want to see most there?
11 thoughts on “30 Awesome Galapagos Islands Facts + 47 Photos That Will Land The Galapagos On Your Bucketlist”
I’ve always been enchanted by the pictures of the Galapagos. I’d avoided planning a trip because of a documentary that warned the destruction of the islands due to foot traffic and littering. It’s a shame many people refuse to practice ‘leave no trace.’ Your blog is interesting enough to make me think about putting it back on my bucket list.
Aww, thank you! I definitely get not wanting to go because of that. That was the main reason I didn’t want to go back, but it’s such an amazing place and there is so much I missed, so I’ve been back and forth on it.
I’ll definitely visit one day – I can’t wait!
I’ve always wanted to visit but I must admit I didn’t know even half of these facts. Amazing!
I definitely had to do some research for this one haha. It’s been a while since I went, but want to go back so bad!
I went to Galapagos over a year ago and it remains to be my favorite trip ever. It’s just so unique and beautiful. You beautiful pictures brought back many memories. And I learned a lot I didn’t know, even after traveling there.
It’s wonderful there! I learned a lot working on this post.
The Galapagos Islands are certainly a place I’ve dreamed of going to. And this post was so much fun to read. So many great facts that I had no idea about! An underwater volcano that you can swim in?! Crazy! Hopefully one of these days I make there. Thanks for a great post!
Right!? I hope you make it, too!
Some amazing info! Glad I came across your blog, looks like an awesome site to get quick travel tips! I ironically just was looking at Galapagos island cruises over the weekend! Came across this at perfect timing!
That is perfect! I’m glad you enjoyed it!