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A Trip to the Galapagos Islands

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Google Maps' Street View team recently traveled to several locations in the Galapagos Islands, snapping panoramic views as they went. Using backpack-mounted cameras and underwater gear, they documented the unique diversity of the archipelago that helped inspire Darwin's theory of evolution. The government of Ecuador established the Galapagos National Park in 1959, setting aside 97% of the islands' land area for preservation. Collected here are images from Google's team as well as from other photographers, taking you on a virtual visit to these amazing islands. [30 photos]

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Daniel Orellana of the Charles Darwin Foundation collects seashore imagery with the Street View Trekker at the Los Humedales wetland area on Isabela Island in the Galapagos. (AP Photo/Google)
Daniel Orellana of the Charles Darwin Foundation collects seashore imagery with the Street View Trekker at the Los Humedales wetland area on Isabela Island in the Galapagos. (AP Photo/Google)
Galapagos sea lions near Champion, Floreana, Galapagos Islands. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
An aerial view of Sombrero Chino Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, on January 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) #
A giant tortoise crosses on a road on Santa Cruz island in Galapagos National Park, on August 23, 2013. (Reuters/Jorge Silva) #
Leon Dormido, or Kicker Rock, near San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Islands. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Marine iguanas in the Galapagos National Park on Santa Cruz Island, on September 15, 2008. (Reuters/Guillermo Granja) #
Daniel Orellana of the Charles Darwin Foundation crosses a rocky lava field to reach a land iguana restoration area in Bahia Cartago, Isabela Island in the Galapagos, in May of 2013. Bahia Cartago is a protected area not accessible to tourists ­but the Street View Trekker was invited to collect imagery there. (AP Photo/Google) #
A Blue-footed Booby, photographed in the Galapagos on September 20, 2011. Original here. (CC BY Nicolas de Camaret) #
A close-up of a pair of Booby feet, photographed in March of 2008. Original here. (CC BY Michael McCullough) #
A Sea Lion in Post Office Bay, off Floreana Island. Original here. (CC BY ND Mark Rowland) #
A marine iguana crawls along the beach on Rabida Island, Galapagos Islands, on January 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) #
A diver swims alongside a whale shark in the Galapagos Islands. Scientists from the Galapagos National Park, the University of California, Davis and the Charles Darwin Foundation, have launched an investigation to unravel the mysteries of the whale shark, a species believed to be present in the oceans for at least 60 million years. The first stage of the study involved placing transmitters on the sharks. (AP Photo/The Galapagos National Park of Ecuador) #
Daniel Orellana of the Charles Darwin Foundation climbs out of a lava tube on Isabela Island, where he was collecting imagery on the Galapagos. (AP Photo/Google) #
In June of 2009, the Cerro Azul volcano on Isabela Island was in an active phase, spewing molten lava into the air, spilling it across its flanks, and widening existing lava flows. (Reuters/Parque Nacional Galapagos) #
Marine Iguanas cling to a rock at Suarez Point on Espanola Island. Original here. (CC BY ND Mark Rowland) #
An aerial view of Bainbridge Islands, Galapagos Islands, on January 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) #
A statue of Charles Darwin in the Galapagos National Park, near Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Schools of fish off Floreana Island. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
A Frigatebird in the Galapagos islands, photographed on April 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Kim Gamel) #
Daniel Orellana of the Charles Darwin Foundation crosses a field of ferns to reach some naturally­ occurring sulfur mines on the top of Sierra Negra, an active volcano on Isabela Island in the Galapagos. (AP Photo/Google) #
A path narrows down to a tight tunnel near the Wall of Tears, part of an old penal colony, on Isabela Island. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Aa lava, tumbling into the sea at Sullivan Bay, on September 10, 2013. Original here. (CC BY NOAA/Lieutenant Elizabeth Crapo, NOAA Corps) #
Frigate birds, photographed on July 28, 2010. Original here. (CC BY ND Flickr user zpics) #
A young Galapgos Sea Lion, Marine Iguanas in the background, in Bahia Fe, Santa Cruz Island. Original here. (CC BY Cynthia Perry) #
Lava field, Bahia Cartago, Isabela Island. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
A hammerhead shark swims close to Wolf Island in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, on August 19, 2013. (Reuters/Jorge Silva) #
An iguana sunbathes in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, on May 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) #
Mangrove habitat in Bahia Cartago, on the eastern shoreline of Isabela Island. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
A Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) swims underwater near San Cristobal Island, on September 1, 2009. (Pablo Cozzaglio/AFP/Getty Images) #
The Galapaguera, a giant tortoise breeding center, helps restore the population of the island tortoises, seriously threatened by invasive species, on San Cristobal Island. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #

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