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Galapagos Islands, ecuadorian girlThe famous islands are located in Ecuador about 960 kilometers off the mainland. Made famous by Charles Darwin, the Galapagos Islands are no less enthralling now than they were a hundred years ago. Every year, thousands of curious visitors journey to the remote islands to behold the wondrously variegated wildlife that inspired The Origin of Species.

The islands are found at the coordinates 1°40'N-1°36'S, 89°16'-92°01'W. Straddling the equator, islands in the chain are located in both the northern and southern hemisphere with Wolf volcano and Ecuador volcano on Isabela Island being directly on the equator line. Española the southernmost island and Tower the northernmost island are spread out over a distance of 132 miles (220 km).

Galapagos geographyThe islands are found at the coordinates 1°40'N-1°36'S, 89°16'-92°01'W.

In total land area, the islands are 4897 sq. miles (7880 sq. km) and in the total geographical area from Darwin Island to San Cristobal and Española, 28,000 sq. miles (45,000 sq. km).

The largest island is Isabela, at 1771 sq. miles (4855 sq. km), while it makes up close to half the land area of the Galapagos, is still less than half the size of the island of Hawaii. Its largest volcano, Wolf volcano has maximum altitude of 5600 ft. (1707 m) making it the highest point in the archipelago.

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