to set foot
Charles Darwin wasn't first. Hardly. He arrived in 1835, exactly 300 years after the islands were discovered in 1535 when a ship was blown off course. Although there is speculation that the Incas knew of the place before 1500, the evidence is tenuous.
They included pirates, whalers, convicts, and early settlers.
It's around 20,000. Most residents live in Puerto Ayora (9,000) and Puerto Baquerizo (6,000).
Currently, more than 60,000 tourists per year visit the Galapagos. The maximum government permitted number is 90,000.
The Galapagos Islands were formed by accumulating lava oozing upward from beneath the ocean floor. This geological process reached sea level nearly 4 million years ago.
Some of the volcanoes are still active, with occasional eruptions and seismic activity.
The terrain and topography vary. Some islands are small and flat, others big and tall.
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