Judges honour Ecuador's islands that time forgot

23rd Jul 2013

To visit Ecuador's dreamy Galapagos Islands is to travel back to a land that time forgot.

But judges at the Travel + Leisure's 18th annual World's Best Awards (Mexico, Central and South America category) didn't forget this archipelago of volcanic islands' charms.

The panel voted them the top-ranking island for the fourth successive year.

The Galapagos also featured in the world's top 10 islands.

They were picked in Travel + Leisure's annual reader survey.

This asks tourists to rank candidates across many categories to recognise the best in travel worldwide.

Islands were marked according to their natural attractions/beaches, activities/sights, restaurants/food, people, and value.

The Galapagos, a UNSECO World Natural Heritage Site, won a score of 86.95, beating off Ambergris Cay, Belize, and Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

It consists of 14 islands and numerous islets lying 600 miles (965.6 kilometres) off the Ecuadorian mainland and provides the perfect retreat for nature lovers on private journeys.

Alejandra Zea, Markets Director, Ecuador Ministry of Tourism. "Home to unique species such as marine iguanas, giant tortoises and the finches which inspired Charles Darwin, the Galapagos are home to endless natural wonders which we are proud to share with the world."

The award was presented at a gala dinner in New York City.

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