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Av. 12 de Febrero e Ignacio Hernández - San Cristobal, Galápagos.

ESPAÑOLA ISLAND

PLACES TO VISIT

- Gardner Bay

Gardner Bay is a beach about 1 km long which is among the most beautiful in all of Galapagos. It is home to many colonies of sea lions and turquoise water makes a beautiful contrast with white sand consisting of shell dust. On the rocks are mixed large marine iguanas and zayapas.

Cucuves fight for their territory and inspect the backpacks of tourists. About 50 m from the shore is a rock where you can find tropical fish and rays while doing surface diving. But more spectacular is the Gardner Rock that can be reached with a panga. This is home to white-fin reef sharks and other colorful sea-dwellers very popular among divers.

- Punta Suarez

Punta Suarez is located on the west end of the island. The tourist trail is about 2 km long and goes from one end of the island to the other while revealing the spectacular life of the birds. There are many blue footed boobies nesting, you should be careful not to step on one of their nests (depending on season). You can observe red marine iguanas that are spread in the sun or the buzzards on the top of the trees. They hunt juvenile blue-footed boobies.

Following the path you can find masked boobies that are nesting almost all year round on the cliffs. The culmination of the tour is undoubtedly the colony of Galapagos albatrosses, which are endemic to this island, finding them nowhere else on the islands or in the world. In the middle of March and the end of December there are around 12,000 of these fascinating birds with wings of about 2.40 m.

On the cliffs they seem to be really uncomfortable but when they fly they are the kings of the sky. A very short distance from the colony of albatross is the Hollow Blower. This is a water source up to 20m (50-75 feet) high that has been created by the waves. All the energy is pressed through a small hole between the cliff. The phenomenon resembles a geyser.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The tour will start at 7:00 (they need to try the equipment to snorkel a day before to the tour). Departure by boat to Española island. The boat ride takes 2 hours each way approx. At arrival you will reach a snorkel spot where those who want can enjoy a snorkeling and look some tropical fishes, rays, sea lions, etc. then they will go back to the boat for lunch anddisembark at Punta Suarez where they will begin a hike, looking for Nazca and blue footed boobies, After the hike you will go back on board to going to San Cristobal port in the end of the afternoon around 16:30pm.

IMPORTANT:Albatrosses are not on the island from late December to beginning of April approx. Still you have a lot of wildlife to see.