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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 (SOUTH SEYMOUR) :
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. 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!
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.
P.M. CALETA TORTUGA NEGRA (BLACK TURTLE COVE)
An isolated mangrove inlet on the north shore of Santa Cruz, Black Turtle Cove’s waters host schools of golden rays, white-tipped sharks, and Galapagos sharks. The endemic lava heron flies overhead, as does the yellow warbler. You cannot land on Black Turtle Cove, to explore it, a speedboat ride will be necessary. From there, you will have the opportunity to take amazing pictures of exotic animals in their natural habitat. Those will be memories you will have with you forever to remember this amazing trip.
A.M. ISLOTE PITT (PITT ISLET)
Pitt Islet is pretty near to Pitt Point, in San Cristobal Island. It shares similar characteristics with Kicker Rock and Pitt Point about activities and species that can be seen. It’s a small place, but it’s great to visit because you will find the three subspecies
of boobies and the two subspecies of frigate birds. Turtles nest here, and it is a great place to practice snorkeling. Pitt Islet is a small place, but it is full of biodiversity!
You can dive here just as in Pitt Point, and discover a new world under the sea. Or you can rest on the surface, watching the many birds that fly showing their beautiful colors.
A.M. PUNTA PITT (PITT POINT)
At the northeastern-most point of San Cristobal, a trail makes its way up and down the side of a volcano until it reaches a coastal point with striking views. Pitt Point, or Punta Pitt, is one of the only places in the world with all three types of booby – blue-footed, Nazca, and red-footed. frigate birds live amongst the surrounding trees and sea lions frequent the beach. If you want to discover the only place in which two species of birds and their subspecies can be found simultaneously, you must visit Punta Pitt. Pitt Point, as it is known in English, is a place in San Cristobal Island made of volcanic tuff, and the species are protected by an experimented staff from non-native animals –such as cats and rats- that could endanger them.
P.M. CERRO BRUJO (WIZARD HILL)
Wizard Hill, or Cerro Brujo, is an eroded hill on San Cristobal’s northwestern tip with one of the most amazing beaches in the Galapagos. This white-sand, almost powder beach is filled with sea lions, pelicans, and boobies, andprovides a great view of the island of Kicker Rock in the distance. You can also catch sight of the endemic Chatham mockingbird and the Chatham lava lizard.
A.M. CERRO TIJERETAS (FRIGATE BIRD HILL)
Frigate bird Hill, or Cerro de Las Tijeretas, is just a short walk from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal. The viewpoint from the hill includes the shoreline on one side and the town on the other. As the name implies, Frigate bird Hill is an excellent places to see both magnificent and great frigate birds. Cacti and red mangroves flank the beach.
A.M. CENTRO DE INTERPRETACION (INTERPRETACION CENTER)
The Interpretation Center, which opened on San Cristobal Island in 1998, embodies efforts to conserve and celebrate the natural setting of the Galapagos by way of tourism, environmental education, and conservation. Informational placards and natural exhibits give an overview of the natural and human history of the Galapagos, with particular attention paid to the things visitors can do to help.
P.M. EL JUNCO (EL JUNCO LAGOON)
The only freshwater lake in the Galapagos, El Junco Lagoon is a volcanic crater in the upper highlands of San Cristobal that is now permanently filled with rainwater. At 600 feet above sea level, the lagoon is a sight to behold at 900 feet wide and 15 feet deep. White-cheeked ducks and seven different kinds of Darwin finches call the area home, and frigate birds come to the fresh water to wash the salt from their feet.
A.M. BAHIA POST OFFICE
This bay in on the northwestern tip of Isla Floreana pays tribute to an old island tradition. Whalers stopping off on the island in the 19 th-century developed a system in which they would drop off letters and postcards in a wooden barrel. If they noticed a letter addressed to somewhere they were headed, they’d pick it up and deliver it on their way. The first “post office” in the Galapagos, this system still exists today. In keeping with tradition, visitors can drop off and pick up mail while enjoying this serene beach.
A.M. MIRADOR DE LA BARONESA (BARONESS VIEWING POINT)
This inland preserve on Isla Floreana features a hike up to the point where a 1930s Austrian baroness lived before her mysterious disappearance. The trails offer an opportunity to experience the interior of Isla Floreana and enjoy view that extend out to the sea.
P.M. PUNTA CORMORANT (CORMORANT POINT)
Clear waters and coral reefs make for excellent snorkeling at Cormorant Point, and a peaceful lagoon hosts pink flamingos, common stilts, and white-cheeked pintails. The uniquely colored “Green Beach” is known for its olivine crystals, making for a surreal and colorful seaside visit. Cormorant Point is the right place to see one of the largest flamingo colonies: if you love these pink inhabitants, you will faint from the emotion of looking at a bunch of them. Two beaches, one so different
from the other, will be there for your entertainment. Cormorant Point is the spot for many perfect photos due to its many views: you won’t have enough battery for your camera!
P.M. CORONA DEL DIABLO (DEVIL’S CROWN)
An underwater volcanic crater with a crown-like outcropping, Devil’s Crown is a hotbed for marine and avian wildlife on Isla Floreana’s northeastern corner. Below the surface, a coral reef attracts stingrays, sea turtles, and tropical fish like king angel fish, yellowtail surgeonfish, and needlefish. The visitor site is considered one of the best places to snorkel in the Galapagos. Above water, boobies and pelicans roost on the volcanic rock.
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.