ABOUT GALAPAGOS

Galápagos Islands: The Enchanted ones

The Galápagos Islands will make you dream, love and respect Nature. Made up of 234 islands off of Ecuador’s coast, 972 km into the Pacific Ocean, the islands are a biological paradise that offers each individual a unique experience unlike any other. Declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1978, the Galapagos are home to some of the most unique animals in the world, including the famous Lonesome George, who was the last ever Pinta Island tortoise before they became extinct.
But Galapagos aren`t a tropical refuge at all. Many of its islands look like an alien planet or the Moon. Nature, however, found the way to put life on it, creating this way a fragile ecosystem, so impressive, that is almost mythological. Yet you don’t have to be an

evolutionary biologist to appreciate the funny Blue and Red-footed boobies, the Galapagos Albatross magnificence, the American flamingos super-pink plumage or the friendly behavior of Sea Lions, Marine and Land Iguanas. Each of Galapagos Islands are unique in their own way. Some because their animals, like Floreana and Genovesa; others because their landscapes, like Isabela, composed by six volcanoes, five of which remain active and another for their snorkeling or diving opportunities like Bartolomé, Santa Cruz and North Seymour. No matter which island you visit, the scenario will leave you breathless and the experience will be unforgettable. Come and visit the Enchanted Islands and get to know the most incredible species and landscapes!

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Santa Cruz

Being the second largest island in Galapagos, Santa Cruz is an incredible destination. White sand beaches, incredible views and amazing snorkeling / diving spots create a fascinating place to discover. Apart from its stunning flora and fauna, Santa Cruz is a relative modern city with full facilities to make you staying easier and nicer.

Important spots: Important animals:
  • Whale Bay
  • Turtle Bay
  • Charles Darwin Station
  • Dragon Hill
  • El Garrapatero
  • The Tunnels viewpoint
  • Las Grietas
  • Twin Craters
  • La Estación Beach
  • Bachas Beach
  • Dogs´ Beach
  • Crocker Hill
  • El Chato Reserve
  • Tortuga Negra Creek
  • Carrión Pitt
  • Estrada Pitt
  • Gordon Rocks
  • Blue footed-boobies
  • Sea lions
  • Marine and land iguanas
  • Galapagos turtles
  • Frigates
  • Seagulls
Mosquera

The Mosquera islet is a gorgeous coral and rocks reef with white sand beaches. This island has one of the largest populations of sea lions. You can also observe several species of shorebirds including lava gulls which nest here as well. Occasionally, orcas stay around seeking for an opportunity to feeding on sea lions. Snorkeling here is one of the most incredible experiences on Earth!

Important spots: Important animals:

Due the small size of the island, every single piece of it is amazing!

  • Sea lions
  • Lava gulls
  • Blue-footed boobies
  • Sea lions
  • Tropical fishes
  • Brown pelicans
Santa Fé

Small and amazing, this is probably the best way to define Santa Fe. Despite its tiny surface (just 24km2), Santa Fe is unique not only because its flora, but its fauna. Snorkeling here feels incredible, thanks to the calm and relaxing waters. Sea lions are the great companions of divers, but sharks and stingrays are also some of the creatures you might find. Santa Fe Land Iguanas are unique and endemic from the island.

Important spots: Important animals:

Due the small size of the island, every single piece of it is amazing!

  • Endemic Santa Fe Land Iguanas
  • Sea lions
  • Sharks
  • Stingrays
  • Marine iguanas
  • Blue-footed boobies
Floreana

From intriguing coral reefs in an underwater volcanic crater to a famous “Post Office” on the beach, Floreana is a fascinating place to witness firsthand nature’s indifference to human history and ability to adapt to change. Once a newly erupted volcano, Floreana has since grown into a sumptuous island full of vegetation and rich life in water and on land. At Devil’s Crown — a volcanic crater that has since been eroded away by the water — travelers can swim between the crater’s jagged rocky edges and snorkel down into a vibrant coral city full of colorful marine life, including hammerhead sharks, parrotfish, sea turtles, balloon fish, king angel fish, hawk fish, tiger snake eels, white-tipped sharks, and of course sea lions.

Important spots: Important animals:
  • Cormorant Point
  • Post Office Bay
  • Alieri Cliff
  • Baronesa Viewpoint
  • Gardner Islet
  • Enderby Islet
  • Champion Islet
  • Devil´s Crown
  • Watson Islet
  • Sea lions
  • Marine and land iguanas
  • Blue-footed boobies
  • Hammerhead sharks
  • Parrotfish
  • Sea turtles
  • Balloon fish
  • Snake eels
  • White-tipped sharks
Genovesa

Genovesa Island, also called the Tower Island and even the Booby Island is without question a paradise for those who love fluffy and cuddly-looking boobies. However, Genovesa is also the homeland of the more than rare Galapagos owl and great frigate birds, red-billed tropicbirds, swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobies and many thousands of storm petrels. In its small size (only 14 kms2) other animals like fur seals, land iguanas and hammerhead sharks live together creating a must-see wildlife refuge for visitors.

Important spots: Important animals:
  • Darwin Bay
  • El Barranco
  • Fur seals
  • Marine and land iguanas
  • Red-footed boobies
  • Swallow-tailed gulls
  • Nazca boobies
  • Galapagos owls
  • Petrels
  • Hammerhead sharks
Isabela

The biggest island of the archipelago, Isla Isabela is home to a large variety of flora and fauna including giant tortoises, penguins, sharks, cormorants, flamingos, finches, hawks, iguanas, and colorful vegetation. The island is well known for its wildlife, and its volcanoes make perfect habitats for animals like the Alcedo tortoise, iguanas and countless species of birds. Isabela is home to the largest volcano in all of the Galapagos: Volcan Wolf, which you can hike to the top of to get an incredible view of the entire island. In the town of Puerto Villamil, there is also a man-made attraction called el Muro de las Lagrimas, which built by prisoners during a time when the island was used as a prison. From diving in its blue waters to hiking over lava slopes to enjoying Puerto Villamil’s picturesque beaches and interesting history, there is something for everyone to do on Isla Isabela.

Important spots: Important animals:
  • Mirador del Mango
  • Playa Tortuga Negra
  • Punta Albemarle
  • Punta Moreno
  • Volcán Alcedo
  • V. Sierra Negra/V.Chico
  • Islote Tortuga Oeste
  • Isla Tortuga
  • Isla Cowley
  • Caleta Tagus
  • Caleta Shimpth
  • Cabo Rosas
  • Cabo Marshall
  • Bahía Elizabeth
  • Sea lions
  • Flamingos
  • Pelicans
  • Penguins
  • Bue-footed boobies
  • Marine and land iguanas
  • Galapagos turtles
  • Cormorants
  • Nazca boobies
  • Hawks
  • Galapagos sharks
North Seymour

North Seymour is the volcano´s daughter. Its flat surfaces, marine fossils and pillow lava are evidence of this origin. This island is also well known for being one of the blue-footed boobies´ greatest breeding areas and to possess the largest colony of frigate birds. It also has two endemic species of iguanas. Apart from its stunning wildlife, the island is an unlimited place for activities such as hiking, swimming, diving and of course the sighting of exotic birds.

Important spots: Important animals:

Due the small size of the island, every single piece of it is amazing!

  • Blue footed-boobies
  • Royal Frigates
  • Endemic North Seymour iguanas
  • Sea lions
  • Pelicans
  • Hammerhead sharks
  • Galapagos sharks
San Cristobal

San Cristobal is the definition of “Enchanted Island.” With its laid back style of life, there is an adventure in store for everyone that chooses to visit this wonderful island. Inhabited by humans and sea lions, these last make themselves comfortable on sidewalks, benches and other public places. The island also offers some of the only places in the whole archipelago where it is permitted to camp on the beaches.

Important spots: Important animals:
  • Interpretation Center
  • Brujo Pitt
  • Tijeretas Pitt
  • Colorado Pitt
  • Lobos Island
  • Opuntias Garden
  • La Lobería
  • El Junco Lagoon
  • Baquerizo Beach
  • Ochoa Beach
  • Chinese Port
  • Carola Pitt
  • Sea lions
  • Blue-footed boobies
  • Frigates
  • Marine and land iguanas
  • Seagulls
  • Nazca boobies
Española

At 4 million years old, Isla Española is considered the oldest island in the entire archipelago. From towering cliff edges to beautiful white sand beaches, Española’s various landscapes offer accommodations for everyone’s sense of exploration and relaxation. In Suarez Pitt, the various species of strange yet interesting birds will spike your sense of curiosity and leave you in awe at the same time. Blue-footed boobies, the waved albatross, Galapagos doves and gulls, and the Hood mockingbird can be seen in their natural habitat. Additionally, seals, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and the most welcoming sea lions you will ever encounter, all live together on this beautiful point amongst the cliffs. Gardner Bay, in comparison, is known for its beautiful white sand beach and is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the warm equatorial sun with the company of a few sea lions.

Important spots: Important animals:
  • Gardner Bay
  • Suarez Point
  • Osborn Islet
  • Sea lions
  • Marine and land iguanas
  • Albatross (only seen in Española Island)
  • Seagulls
  • Blue-footed boobies
  • Lava lizards
  • Hood mockingbird
Santiago

Santiago Island, also known as San Salvador, is a diverse island with lots of unique landscapes formed by volcanic activity. One of the most noteworthy places on the island is Sullivan’s Bay, which is covered in hardened lava and offers a fascinating landscape making you feel like walking on the moon. Sullivan’s Bay is the environment for species such as the lava lizard and the rare lava cactus which can hardly be found anywhere else in the world. In Egas Port, or South James Bay, divers have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the local fur seals who live near a famous cave formed in the rock by ocean currents called Darwin’s Toilet. Santiago also has an impressive Galapagos penguin’s population, the smallest and cutest in the whole world.

Important spots: Important animals:
  • Egas Port
  • Espumilla Beach
  • Salt Mines
  • Sullivan Bay
  • Beagle Rock
  • Bainbridge Rock
  • Don Ferdi Rock
  • Cousins Rock
  • Albany Islet
  • James Bay
  • Fur seals
  • Galapagos penguins
  • Marine and land iguanas
  • Blue-footed boobies
  • Nazca boobies
  • Lava lizard
Rabida

Red sand beaches combined with the bluest water. This is for sure the most impressive attractive of Rabida Island. Its landscape is so unbelievable and beautiful, that will remain in your memory forever. A big salad-water lagoon and an impressive amount of pelicans and boobies are, among other species, a noteworthy spectacle. The waters of this island are very rich in relation to marine life and also encounter sea turtles, marine iguanas and Galapagos seals and sometimes (about June of each year) will see the famous humpback whales.

Important spots: Important animals:

Due the small size of the island, every single piece of it is amazing!

  • Flamingos
  • Penguins
  • Pelicans
  • Sea lions
Fernandina

Isla Fernandina is the most active volcano in the Galapagos, with its most recent eruption occurring in April of 2009. Populated by unique animals such as the flightless cormorant, mangrove finches, crabs, marine and land iguanas and marine turtles, this is a fantastic getaway if you are looking for a place where humanity has not yet touched the world. A must-visit is Punta Espinoza, where so many marine iguanas cover the peninsula you would think the lava rock was moving if you weren’t paying attention. On the other side of the peninsula you can also watch a private performance from the flightless cormorants as they nest on the rocks and receive a warm welcome from the playful sea lions nearby.

Important spots: Important animals:
  • Espinoza Point
  • Flightless cormorant
  • Marine and land iguanas
  • Marine turtles
  • Sea lions
  • Mangrove finches
  • Crabs

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