The "Enchanted Islands" of Galapagos are
located 500 miles (800 kilometers) west of the Ecuadorian
coast. The Galapagos archipelago is politically
part of Ecuador.
The oldest of the islands are about 4 million
years old and the youngest are still in the process of being
formed. Indeed, the Galapagos islands are considered to be one
of the most active volcanic areas in the world.