The Galapagos Islands-A UNESCO World Heritage Site
While serving as the Chairman and CEO of Appvion, Inc. in Appleton, WI, I had the pleasure to take my family to the Galapagos Islands. Situated in the Pacific Ocean 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, surrounded by open ocean, these 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Galapagos Islands are a volcanic archipelago that straddles the Equator. The Galapagos Islands, forged of black lava and named for the giant tortoises that are among their most noted inhabitants, are like no other place on Earth. Home to a profuse array of unique wildlife, the islands offer an immersion in nature that feels primeval. Iguanas and blue-footed boobies share the beaches with you, unfazed by humans. Author Herman Melville, who visited the islands in 1841, shortly after Darwin’s momentous visit, called them the “Enchanted Isles”.