Santa Fe Island

This may well be the oldest island in the Galapagos. You will anchor at one of the most beautiful and most sheltered bays in the archipelago, and some of the best snorkeling is here, with its crystal clear and Santa Fe Island - Mapshallow waters.

Certainly one of the best locations for swimming with sea lions and for a glimpse of the Galapagos White-tipped Shark and a sea turtle. After a wet landing you will walk up to a nearby cliff to see the land iguanas through an area of Opuntia Cactus.

Other animals present are the Galapagos Hawk, owls, Frigates, Pelicans, Manta Rays and mockingbirds.

The loop trail around the islands leads past the salt bushes where Galapagos Hawks can easily be approached. Hiking towards the cliffs leads you to a forest of prickly pear cactus. A meWELCOMETOGALAPAGOSr of the cactus family their name comes from the pear shaped fruit the plant produces. Santa Fe's trees are the largest in the Galapagos. Santa Fe is home to endemic land iguanas. These iguanas are the largest in the islands and they are beige to chocolate brown in color and resemble small dinosaurs. Reaching the summit there is a stunning view of the cove beneath.

Landing: wet landing
Highlights: land iguanas, Galapagos Hawks, playful sea lion pups
Conditions: a somewhat steep loop trail
Notes: bring water, good hiking shoes and and snorkel equipment ashore.




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