For historical reasons and for convenience, the traditional way to visit the Galapagos Islands was by boat or yacht, with an itinerary that explored the national parks in different geographical locations. While these methods are very attractive, we should not rule out another that began in the 80s and reached significant popularity in the 90s: hotel based travel. Many visitors are unaware of the human population of the islands, which currently totals 28,000 inhabitants.

The distribution of the population is spread across four islands; Santa Cruz (the most populated and commercial), San Cristobal (the provincial capital), Isabela (the largest) and Floreana (the smallest). Not included in this list is Baltra Island, a military base with an airport.

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