The 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
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
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).
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).
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.