LECTURE - ECUADOR AND THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS - a walk in the wild with flora and fauna
Volcano Chimborazo in the late afternoon sun.
"Ecuador, may be a relatively small country on the north west coast of South America, but it contains more flora and fauna for its size than any other country in the world. The Andes make a central spine between approx 2,500 m and 4600m, volcanoes, mostly extinct, reach up to 6310m (Chimborazo), on e west steamy plains reach the Pacific Ocean, while to the East the country is bordered by the Amazon jungle basin, making an incredible range of habitats. In 1832 Ecuador gained its sovereignty of the Galapagos Islands, which were visited by Charles Darwin in 1835, making detailed observations which formed the basis of his famous theory of evolution and the origin of species. The talk can only cover a fraction of the way of life and natural history and scenery of this eco-tourist conscious-country."