This week, 178 years ago, Charles Darwin set foot on the Galapagos Islands for the first time. It was here he made many observations and discoveries that would later provide the evidence for his famous Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection.

Galapagos Tortoise

If you would like to follow in Darwin’s footsteps, and take your class on a trip to the Galapagos islands then there’s now a way to do it without breaking the bank. Google (who else?) have sent one of their Street View cameras to the Islands, and although there are few streets there, they have managed to to grab some amazing images for you to explore.

The high-definition 360 degrees pictures are a joint project between Google, the Galapagos National Park and the Darwin Foundation. Many of the animals seen by Darwin in his 1835 voyage can be seen. Including underwater shots of sea-lions, blue footed boobies and the famous giant tortoises.

Galapagos Sealions

Throw some of these images up on your interactive whiteboard – or let the students explore for themselves on their iPads. There’s lots to see. Ask them to imagine they are Charles Darwin!

You can access the Galapagos Street View collection here.

And if you like that, you can even visit Antarctica via StreetView too! Click here for more!