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Since its creation in 1968, the Galapagos National Park has been considered by UNESCO as one of the jewels of the planet. Long regarded as a mysterious and desolate archipelago, this wildlife paradise is a true showcase of evolution in action. In recent years, the newly developed Marine Reserve fulfils the ultimate purpose of the National Park Service – protection and conservation of the region, after decades of abuse by illegal fishing.
This guide describes the rich human history, the geology and origin of the islands, 'El Niño' phenomenon, the amazing natural history, villages and the visitors' sites, with fascinating seabirds, endemic land birds, prehistoric reptiles, playful sea lions and the incomparable enchanting underwater world.
Pierre Constant is a French born naturalist who studied at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie-Paris VI, where he did a Master's in Geology. A leading expert on the Galapagos, he is the author of Archipel des Galapagos and has published over 95 articles worldwide in a range of travel, science and diving magazines.
...For cruisers (or other package tourers), this is, by far, the best Galapagos guide on the market. Photos are tantalizing as well as truly informative; nature info is detailed enough for a botany text... - New York Daily News - "...Everyone's bible to the Enchanted Islands..." - Galapagos guides' talk - "