15 Islands You Should Add to Your Bucket List

12. Ilha Grande – Brazil

If you’ve had enough of the busyness of Rio de Janeiro, it might be nice to know that not too far away you can find a real tropical paradise. Ilha Grande means “Big Island” in Portuguese, and it’s indeed massive, with plenty of beaches and bays.

Abraão, despite being the largest village on the island, is a place with no cars, instead locals walk barefoot and life has a different pace. You can book a boat tour and spend the whole day sunbathing, snorkeling, and eating fresh fruits and fish — what’s not to like?

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11. Galapagos Islands – Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands lie nearly 1,000 km west of Ecuador in an area with plenty of volcanic activity. Between 1961 and 2011, the nine active volcanoes erupted 24 times. There are roughly 25,000 people living there, but there’s evidence it was inhabited by Inca and pre-Inca civilizations.

The islands also became famous as they are the place where Charles Darwin observed the different birds and tortoises, which helped in developing his groundbreaking theory of natural selection. He eventually wrote the book On the Origin of Species.

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10. Easter Island – Chile

Do you know those big imposing statues of heads, lined up along the coast of some legendary island? Well, that island is called Easter Island, or Rapa Nui in the local language. It has a population of around 6,500 people and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

The massive heads, called moais, were created to represent their ancestors. However, they also contributed to the deforestation of the island and the downfall of the indigenous people. It got worse when Polynesian rats were introduced to the environment and multiple plants became extinct.

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