Amazon and Galapagos presentation, See Ecuador, May 2009

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Amazon and Galapagos presentation, See Ecuador, May 2009

  1. 1. May 4-9 2009 Ecuador’s Amazonia & Galápagos Islands
  2. 2. May 4-9 2009 :: Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands :: Images Courtesy of: Francisco Dousdebes, Charles Darwin Foundation, Ramiro Jacome, Metropolitan Touring, NOAA.
  3. 3. The Galapagos Archipelago... Straddling the Equator, 1,000 km (600 mi) west of the Ecuadorian coastline
  4. 4. Galápagos is not as small as it looks
  5. 5. Galapagos was born of fire Charles Darwin Foundation 3 to 5 million years ago
  6. 6. GEOLOGICAL ORIGIN Plate Tectonics Latest Eruption: Ongoing at Fernandina Island Started April 12, 2009 Hot Spot Theory
  7. 7. Still in formation – Fernandina Island Charles Darwin Foundation
  8. 8. OCEANOGRAPHIC SET UP  Galapagos are islands called a “tropical desert”  Weather oddities are set by a complex system of currents: ● South Equatorial Current ● Cromwell Current ● Peruvian (Humboldt) Current ● El Niño Current  Prevailing winds are the South- east trade winds  Galapagos lies at a “storm-free belt” in the tropics
  9. 9. July February March August
  10. 10. TROPICAL WEATHER ODDITIES September March Location: Isabela Island
  11. 11. Galápagos can be visited all year round. It is not a seasonal destination.
  12. 12. But, why is Galápagos so special to the World?
  13. 13. Darwin’s Route to the Galapagos
  14. 14. Charles Darwin Foundation Penguins & Coral Reefs
  15. 15. Charles Darwin Foundation Hammerhead Sharks & Fur Sea Lions
  16. 16. Flightless Cormorant Charles Darwin Foundation
  17. 17. Waved Darwin Foundation Charles Albatross
  18. 18. Darwin’s Finches Charles Darwin Foundation
  19. 19. Giant Tortoises
  20. 20. Greater Flamingo
  21. 21. The Boobies
  22. 22. Charles Darwin Foundation Eagle Rays
  23. 23. Yellow-Tail Surgeon Fish
  24. 24. Hieroglyphic Hawk Fish
  25. 25. Galápagos Sea Lions
  26. 26. Think Big in Ecuador for 2009 and beyond… • Charles Darwin’s Bicentennial (1809-2009) • 150th Anniversary of Origin of Species (1859-2009) • 50th Anniversary of Galápagos declaration as a National Park (1959-2009) • Ecuador’s Independence Bicentennial (1809-2009)
  27. 27. 1809 - 2009
  28. 28. Tourism in the Galápagos Islands
  29. 29. Visitors Arrive at Baltra & San Cristóbal Airport in the Galapagos on Daily Flights From Quito and Guayaquil
  30. 30. :: 1927 ::
  31. 31. :: 1960 ::
  32. 32. :: 1970 ::
  33. 33. :: 1980 ::
  34. 34. :: 2006 ::
  35. 35. NOW WHAT DO I SELL? LARGE BOAT, SMALL BOAT, or HOTEL? In Galápagos, nothing is bad unless the wrong option is sold
  36. 36. :: BEYOND VISITING :: Exploring the Galápagos Islands
  37. 37. May 4-9 2009 :: Muchas Gracias :: Thank You :: Images Courtesy of: Francisco Dousdebes, Charles Darwin Foundation, Ramiro Jacome, Metropolitan Touring, NOAA.

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