The Galapagos Islands are twelve main islands and more than two hundred smaller islands, islets and rocks about 1000km west off the coast of mainland Ecuador. 97% of the Galapagos Islands is a protected National Park and 3% is inhabited.There are an estimated 30,000 inhabitants spread out over 4 islands (Santa Cruz, Isabela, San Cristobal and Floreana). In 2009 there were 21,067 people living in the Galapagos and 59.9% living on Santa Cruz Santa Cruz island, which is also the main hub for tourism. The other islands are uninhabited, but worthwhile visiting for the astonishing fauna and flora. Visit Life in the Islands for information about the climate, time zone and other information about general information about living in the islands.