This archipelago (cluster of islands), which began forming from the volcanic activity only 4-10 millions years ago, sits off the west coast of Ecuador in South America. It is home to dozens of unique animal species that are found nowhere else on Earth. I had always wanted to visit this exotic place where Charles Darwin first made observations that lead to his Theory of Evolution. Human expansion is now threatening the islands' natural balance, but oodles of animals are still there and they show little or no fear of people. Aren't they gorgeous?