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Galapagos was named by UNESCO such a World Heritage Place, and it’s well known by naturalist such us the last marvelous island around the world, this archipelago it’s really fascinating and contains the most strengths ecosystems, lets us to coming inside in this volcanoes land and to share the natural life of rare animals and enjoyed the landscapes with clean beaches and blue colors waters.
A.M. BALTRA :
Baltra, also known as South Seymour, is located at the north of Santa Cruz Island. It is the home of the archipelago’s main airport. Is a dry island, surrounded by reefs and some beaches. It has interesting vegetation, such as Cactus Opuntia and other small trees. This is the place where touristic programs receive their locals and foreign visitors to begin the adventure exploring the islands.
Here you will be able to find private and public transportation. It is used to take the tourist to Puerto Ayora. The ride lasts approximately 45 minutes. While on this trip, you will see amazing vegetation changes. During your trip to Channel of Itabaca, you will be able to observe a great variety of amazing sea animals in the clear water river that separates Baltra from Santa Cruz. There you will find species like sea lions, birds and other several and exotic fauna unique to the Galapagos.
P.M. SEYMOUR NORTE (NORTH SEYMOUR)
Seymour is a wonderful Galapagos island where you can admire beautiful frigate birds and the nest of the little blue footed boobies. The trees are filled by male frigates inflating their red skin to catch the female’s attention. It’s a spectacle of nature you can’t miss.
When you get there, step with care, the fauna in this place is not frightened by humans, which is great because it’ll give you the opportunity to see gorgeous and rare birds up close, but at the same time, you have to be careful not to
destroy their nests, they are placed everywhere.
Once you get to the island, there’s a round road that will take you through the island to gorgeous rocky seashore where silver-blue waves crash. You will also find a highly recommended diving site. There you will have the opportunity to see hammer fishes, garden eels, tropical fishes, sea lions, the Pacific green marine turtle and many more astonishing and unique species.
A.M. PLAZAS SUR (SOUTH PLAZAS)
The east coast of Santa Cruz is home to a small island called South Plaza. It has an area of 0.13 km and a maximum altitude of 23 meters. In despite of its small terrain, it is known for its amazing flora and for its large number of species. The formation of this island is rather fascinating since it was formed by lava streaming up from the bottom of the ocean. Visitors will get the opportunity to enjoy the amazing sights from the top of the steep banks, making their experience memorable and unique but the adventure doesn’t end there! Visitors will also be able to observe a great number of birds such as nesting Red-billed, tropicbirds and swallow-tailed Gulls while taking a look at the large pear cactus trees (Opuntiaechios) and of course the big colony of Galapagos Land Iguanas.
P.M. SANTA FE (BARRINGTON)
In the middle of the Galapagos archipelago, we find Santa Fe Island which is also called Barrington Island after Admiral Samuel Barrington. Even when it’s a small island (9m²) it is one of the oldest; volcanic rocks of about 4 million years old have been discovered. Therefore, visitors will have the chance to step on ancient ground while exploring its rich vegetation which is characterized by Palo Santo trees, brush, and a large variety of the cactus Opuntia echios. Santa Fe is not only rich in vegetation,
it’s also home to a great variety of seabirds (Swallow-tailed gull), mammals (Sea lions) and reptiles (Lava Lizards) Visitors will be surrounded by unique species since most of these animals are only found in the Galapagos islands.
A.M. LEON DORMIDO (KICKER ROCK)
A remote and majestic outcropping rising out from the sea off the northwestern tip of San Cristobal, Kicker Rock’s unique slopes and mysterious isolation make for an interesting visit. Although landing on the island is prohibited, circling the rock is an experience in and of itself and the surrounding waters are great for snorkeling. The Kicker Rock Islet is the remaining of an Antique volcanic cone. Its waters are the favorite of those who are submarine swimming professionals and also of
scuba divers that get to go as deep as 100 meters in their immersions. It’s a great place to visit, read along and find more information about it. It has two vertical walls with a gap in the center that makes a paradise for sharks and other fish species like barracudas and rainbow fishes. The walls have amazing colors and to go there is to surely have sightings of amazing marine fauna, including octopuses, and many sharks like the hammer shark, the grey reef, white-tip shark and the Galapagos shark.
P.M. ISLA LOBOS (LOBOS ISLAND)
Named for the sea lions that roam this small island in droves, Lobos Island is just off the western coast of San Cristobal. Nazca boobies and blue-footed boobies share the shores as well.
A.M. ISLOTE OSBORN (OSBORN ISLOT)
One of the oldest islands in Galapagos Archipelago is Española Island, which is also one of the best islands for birdwatching. Better known in English as “Hood Island”, Española Island has two main sites to visit: Gardner Bay and Suarez Point (Punta Suárez). But there is also a place that not so many know and is full of natural views and animal species: Osborn Islet. It is one of the least known places in Galapagos Islands, but if you love snorkeling you will have lots of fun!
A.M. BAHIA GARDNER (GARDNER BAY)
Over a mile long, Gardner Bay is one of the largest beaches in the Galapagos, stretching alongside the northeast corner of Española Island. With dazzling white sand made of tiny grains of coral, the shoreline is accentuated by sleeping sea lions and turtles. Visitors can also spot Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and the elegant wandering tattler. It’s the ideal place to go swimming and for skin diving. This not only guaranty a fun and relaxing time in the white sand and clear water of the Bay, but it will also give you the chance to see several marine species up close. This Bay is composed by two beaches that, because of their location in the Española Island are the perfect place to observe the albatrosses while they make their fantastic mating rituals and nest from April to December.
P.M. PUNTA SUAREZ (SUAREZ POINT)
Huge cliffs flank Suarez Point on Espanola Island, where waved albatrosses overlook the famous blowhole from their perch. Blue-footed boobies and Nazca boobies inhabit the visitor site as well, and marine iguanas and sea lions lounge in the sun. The blowhole itself is marvelous, shooting seawater and vapor through a gap in the rock to heights of 75 feet. Three kinds of Darwin finches, the large cactus, the small ground, and the tiny warbler, call Suarez Point home.
A.M. ESTACION CHARLES DARWIN (CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION)
Located on the coast just outside of Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz, the Charles Darwin center provides incredible access to the legendary giant Galapagos tortoises from which the Galapagos get their name. With a hatchery and nursery, as well as ample roaming grounds for adults, you’ll find tortoises ranging from three inches to four feet in size. A tour of the grounds provides insight into the important work conducted by scientists and volunteers, as well as historical insight into Charles Darwin and the development of his theories.
P.M. RANCHO EL CHATO (EL CHATO TORTOISE RESERVE)
Walk or horseback ride through this wildlife sanctuary. This site offers you the opportunity of viewing giant tortoises closely, apart from enjoying lots of vegetation. There are some private farms in which you may enjoy the traditional dishes from the area. It is a place where you will find many giant tortoises in the wild, enjoying the water pools or nesting, but you can also enjoy viewing many birds fly: Darwin finches, flycatchers, spot short-eared owls or mockingbirds. You could have luck and see Galapagos rails.
A.M. PUERTO EGAS (EGAS PORT)
One of the most popular sites in the Galapagos Islands, Egas Port is located on the western coast of Santiago Island features a long, black sand lava beach. Sally lightfoot crabs shuffle around the tidal pools, marine iguanas lounge in the sand, and Galapagos fur sea lions bask in the sun. The volcanic rock makes for interesting underground formations, not to mention marine life like reef sharks, rays, and turtles.
P.M. CALETA BUCANERO (BUCCANEER COVE)
Steep, guano-covered volcanic cliffs drop dramatically to this protected cove on the western sands of Santiago Island. Pirates and buccaneers are said to have stopped here for years to stock up on fresh water and tortoise meat in the 17th and 18th century. The dark red sand, presided over by cliff-dwelling sea birds, makes for an interesting reflection on the island’s history and geology.
P.M. PLAYA ESPUMILLA (ESPUMILLA BAY)
Situated on the north end of Egas Port on Santiago Island’s western shores, Espumilla Bay is a sandy beach flanked by mangroves. Sally lightfoot crabs scuttle along the shorelines, careful to evade the predator hunting herons that pursue them from above. Sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand, and Darwin finches and flycatchers thrive in the dense mangrove swamps around the beach. Espumilla beach has a unique type of sand: it is white, really soft and the texture on your feet will be amazing. The waters are really quiet and the vegetation is vividly green!
A.M. BAHIA SULLIVAN (SULLIVAN BAY)
Sullivan Bay is a site of great geological interest. It is located at the south-east side of the Santiago Island and the landing in here can be made both in the rocky shore (dry landing) and in the white sand beach (wet landing). It takes approximately an hour and a half to complete the entire path. At the beginning of the walk you will be able to find the molds of some trees,
and in the surroundings of the volcano, you can see a lot of interesting vegetation. The amazing lava formations of Sullivan Bay attract the attention of thousands of students and scientist that come to visit it.
Just east of Santiago Island is Bartolome Island, one of the Galapagos Islands’ youngest land masses. Named after Bartholomew James Sullivan, longtime friend and exploration partner of Charles Darwin. Bartolome is known for its stunning landscapes, and its positioning affords it great views of neighboring islands. Most famous is the Pinnacle Rock, a jagged, sharp protuberance with a lovely overlook view. The waters are rife with penguins, marine turtles, and tropical fish. A nesting site for green turtles is popular among visitors, particularly when the turtles have returned to the island to lay their eggs. On land, Bartolome has sally light-foot crabs, Lava Cacti, Galapagos Hawks, and lava herons.
Galápagos penguins are often spotted around, and they are the only penguins found in tropical area in Latin America. There is also a small cave behind Pinnacle Rock is home to a breeding colony. Seasonally, Bartolome is the location for the mating and nesting for the green turtles. Luckily, visitors may have a look at this nature’s spectacle.
A.M. PLAYA LAS BACHAS (BACHAS BEACH)
A real paradise is Las Bachas Beach. If you want to enjoy viewing sea turtles, flamingoes and many more birds, this is your beach. If you want to enjoy a day full of fun, swimming at clear waters and relaxing at white sands, this is your beach. Las Bachas Beach is really interesting. Bachas is the most important beach to see sea turtles, flamingos and migratory birds. Aside from all that, it’s truly a gorgeous place, its clear blue waters will invite you to swim and relax under the sun. Las Bachas sand is made of decomposed coral. That is the reason why it is so white and pure.