The Galapagos Islands are a true paradise for nature lovers. They are famous for their unique biodiversity and exceptional fauna, which greatly inspired Charles Darwin in his theory of evolution. The Galapagos Islands are home to numerous endemic species. Among the archipelago's most emblematic animals are the giant Galapagos tortoises. These impressive reptiles can live to over 100 years and are renowned for their size and longevity. Each island has its own subspecies of giant tortoise, adapted to its specific environment. The Galapagos Islands are also a prime location for birdwatching. Among the most remarkable birds are the famous Darwin's finches. These small passerines played a crucial role in Darwin's studies of evolution, as they show significant variations from island to island in terms of beak shape and diet. Galapagos penguins are another major attraction. They are the only penguins living on the equator. They are perfectly adapted to life in warmer waters than their fellow penguins. They are often seen swimming or lounging on rocky beaches. Other emblematic Galapagos species include marine iguanas. These amazing reptiles are the only iguanas in the world that can swim and dive into the sea to feed on algae. They are often seen basking in the sun on volcanic rocks. The waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands are also home to exceptional marine life. Sea turtles, fur seals, dolphins and sharks are just some of the many species that can be encountered during scuba diving or boat excursions.

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