Discover Darwin Island, Isabela Island, Santa Cruz Ranch and many other interesting places on the Galapagos Islands. Birthday to the Galapagos Islands October 2017.
Declared a World Heritage Site, the whole of islands is almost completely a National Park, comprising thirteen islands and more than one hundred islets and rocky outcrops. Tens of thousands of people come every year to observe an unparalleled natural beauty all over the world, because a great number of species of flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands are not found anywhere, reason why it is necessary to travel Until here to see them. By the way, it is a powerful experience that many people change their lives, to discover the real beauty of nature at its best.
Considered one of the largest biodiversity refuges, the Galapagos Islands have a myriad of natural gems, unique settings including turtle nesting on the white sand beaches of Tortuga Bay, the blue-legged pelicans of Espanola Island, Colonies of giant tortoises on the island of San Cristobal or the virgin landscapes of the North Seymour Islet.
Location of the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean to almost thousand kilometers of the coast of Ecuador, being the closest city Manta. The nearest island is Isla Del Coco (Costa Rica) 720 kilometers to the north and Isla de Pascua (Chile) 3,200 kilometers to the south. Formally, its official name archipelago of Columbus and its precise location is between 89 ° and 92 ° of western length; And 1 ° 40 ‘north latitude and 1 ° 30’ south latitude.
Do not know what to do in the Galapagos Islands? Do not worry! Hiring a trip around the islands, you can spend several days touring all the beauties that this magical place has to offer. All inclusive trips can be booked online with 30 days or more in advance, with the possibility of payment by credit card.
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Genovesa Island: Genovesa island is also known as the island Tower and is considered as the most striking island of the archipelago. Its name comes from the city of Genova (Italy) in where it´s said that was the birthplace of Columbus. It is the ideal location for the ornithologists by the abundant presence of birds, highlighting some as seagulls of tail separated or lava seagulls, which are the only gulls in the world who have nocturnal hunting habits. Genovesa Island is an extinct volcano, which has suffered several landslides due to its ancient activity. We can find two areas of visit which is can access through a fissure that exists to the feet of the volcano doing this walk an unparalleled adventure. The island has shaped of horseshoe. Millions of years ago were a huge volcano whose southern wall collapsed, forming the Great Darwin Bay, where currently some birds have their nests. In the center of the Genovesa Island is the Arcturus Lake, of salt water, where resides the marine iguana smaller of the archipelago. In the same way, it is possible to see marine iguanas, fur seals and a huge forest of Palo Santo. At Darwin Bay, It is possible to dive along the inner to the outer wall. Another possibility is from the outer side of the volcano through the channel in the boiler. Genovesa is home of a great number of oceanic birds, both for breeding and nesting, including large frigates, blue-footed boobies, seagulls of frac, tropical birds, finches of Darwin and petrels.
Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay, home to one of the archipelago most unknown with natural habitats, with incredible lava fields in a wavy form, very similar to a mars landscape. A route of little more than a mile and a half, it allows to pass through the most relevant places of interest of the Bay, being within reach us impressive mineral samples, among them are molds of trees, before being calcined by the old volcanic eruptions of the site.
Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island: Punta Espinoza is a fine lava and sand ledge that connects the Fernandina volcano with the sea, famous for its marine iguana population, whose high number sometimes makes it difficult to walk between them. They share the space with iguanas, penguins, sea lions, crabs and the non-flying cormorant, a species that can only be seen in Fernandina and Isabela, well known for being the only cormorant that has lost the ability to fly. The surrounding environment is made up of lava fields of the volcano, one of the most active in the world.
Dragon Hill: It has its name because to for a long time, was one of the few places in the Santa Cruz Island where were land iguanas in healthy state. This place was part of varied efforts to maintain the colonies of iguanas, in order to ensure their reproduction. At present there are no dogs in Dragon Hill, although the Galapagos National Park carries out a lot of controls of other animals that can be dangerous. In the beautiful lagoons present in this site, there is shrimp (Artemia salina), the same as the food of the flamingos. At certain times of the year there is more abundance and therefore the quantity of these birds is larger. In times with many precipitations the water becomes too sweet and therefore the population of crustaceans is smaller, which has consequences on the amount of flamingos. Dragon Hill has been open to the general public since 1993. The beach has rocky formations. At high tide it is an excellent sector to do surface diving.
The sportsmen’s paradise
No one can resist the temptation to engage in sea sports, such as surfing or snorkeling, enjoying this natural environment with delicious waters on unique beaches in the world