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El Nino Geography


El Nino Years

Effect of the weather

When El Ninos occur, you are likely to experience more rain and storms during the wet season. But fortunately, El Nino years are infrequent.


Geographic location

The Galapagos Islands straddle the equator and sit isolated in the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) west of the Ecuador mainland.

Island count

There are 13 volcanic islands plus islets and protruding rock formations.

Highest point
in the Galapagos

Wolf Volcano on Isabela Island is 1707 meters (5,600 feet) high.

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Brightly shining stars

Because the islands are on the equator and far from smog and big city lights, the stars on clear nights are intensely bright and crisp.


Ecuador adopted the US dollar as its official paper money. However, coins are still Ecuadorian.

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