This slide show has focused on
the unique Galapagos animals and the interaction that visitors
can have with them. However, no view of the Galapagos would
be complete without seeing the beautiful and surprising landscapes.
To sailors of previous centuries, the Galapagos were also known
as the "Enchanted Islands," or "Las Islas Encantadas."
This name was originally derived from the difficult currents
and sudden fogs that made the islands so hard to navigate and
chart. Indeed, some thought that there were several sets of
Galapagos Islands, and others thought that the islands actually
floated from place to place. Today, the name "Encatadas"
takes on a new meaning. It is hard not to be enchanted by the
harsh volcanic landscapes, the magnificent sea cliffs, the cloud-covered
volcanoes, the striking beaches, and the beautiful sunsets.