Isla Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos and has the largest population of the four inhabited islands. In the centre, you will find lush flora and giant tortoises wander freely. The island has six different vegetation zones resulting in a wide variety of plants and animals.
Isla Santiago Is home to a huge population of fur seals and sea lions and the hill overlooking James Bay was climbed by Darwin in 1835. It is also possible to see marine iguanas and blue-
For those interested in bird watching, there are little places better than Isla Genovesa. It’s cliffs around Darwin Bay are home to frigate birds, swallow-
One of the youngest islands in the group is Isla Bartolomé. It was formed by volcanic activity. The island is home to the Galapagos penguins. The view from the top of the island is spectacular and one of the most popular photography spots in the Galapagos.
Isla San Cristóbal
The island with one of the most dramatic landscapes is San Cristóbal. The centre of the island has a cloud forest where giant tortoises can be seen roaming around. At La Lobería it is possible to see Galapagos sea lions and marine iguanas.
Isla Española contains a large amount of endemic fauna. Apart from green and red marine iguanas, you can also find sea lions, Darwin finches, Galapagos doves, hawks, waved albatrosses, mockingbirds, blue-
Isla Santa Fé
Santa Fé, unlike the other islands of the Galapagos, was not formed by volcanic activity, but rather by movement upwards of the earth’s surface. Huge land iguanas are present on the island. There is some good snorkelling in Barrington Bay where it’s possible to see green turtles and sting rays in the clear waters.
After arriving on the green sand beach of Isla Floreana, mangroves and a salt lagoon can be seen which is a nesting place for flamingoes. Turtles and stingrays can be seen off shore and there is excellent snorkelling at Corona del Diablo. This was the first island in the Galapagos to be populated.
Isla Isabela has five active volcanoes. The centre of the island has a cloud forest, home to giant tortoises. There is some excellent snorkelling around the island, particularly at Los Tuneles, where lava flowed in the sea creating an underwater network of passages, home to a vast array of marine life. In the north of Isabela, you can take a boat trip to see Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants and Galapagos fur and seals and sea lions. Occasionally even Orca or giant manta rays have been spotted here.
Fernandina is an excellent island for whale and dolphin watching. There are also large colonies of marine iguanas as well as penguins and Galapagos sea lions..
TOURS & TREKS IN ECUADOR & THE GALAPAGOS