Ecuador is located on the equator in northwestern South America. It shares its northern border with Colombia, Peru on the east and south, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Four worlds converge in its territory, from the warm Pacific Coast that gradually rises toward the snowy heights and temperate valleys of the Andes mountains to introduce the green carpet of Amazonian biodiversity. All as a prelude to a sublime reward: the Galapagos Islands.

Ever since the English naturalist Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands and sailed back to the United Kingdom with his ground breaking observations of the unusual flora and fauna of the islands, this unique archipelago has become world-famous for its natural beauty, its unusual animals and plants, and its tranquillity, peace and isolation from the hectic world many hundreds of miles away.

Whether you are passionate about nature and science, or simply want to explore one of the most unusual and fascinating places on earth, then a tour of the Galapagos Islands must make it onto your list of things to experience within your lifetime.  

The Conference On the Origin (and Evolution) of Baryonic Galaxy Halos (Galapagos 2017), will take place in the town of Puerto Ayora, the capital of the province of Galapagos and located in the Santa Cruz island, the second largest of the Galapagos Islands. Puerto Ayora is the most populous town in the Galapagos Islands, with more than 12,000 inhabitants. This town has the best developed infrastructure in the Archipelago. This is a safe tourist town, and offers many activities and attractions to the visitors. 

The oaqepnedu_galaxy venue is the auditorium of the Santa Cruz Municipality, with a capacity for 150 people, located in the very center of the town (between the Grand Lobo de Mar Hotel and the office of TAME, an Ecuadorian airline). The conference is organized with the support of the mayor of the city and his administrative collaborators. 

The venue address is:

Av. Charles Darwin y 12 de Febrero 

Puerto Ayora, Capital of Galapagos, Ecuador