Idyllic beaches of white sand bordered by turquoise waters, and kissed by the equatorial sun, Española surely is a piece of heaven on Earth.
AM: Española Island - Gardner Bay
Landing type: Dry landing.
Possible activities: Short hike, snorkeling, kayaking, panga ride.
As we learned from our previous visit to Santa Fe, the age of an island plays an important role in how life develops on said island, and Española is no exception. Located east from the hotspot that gave birth to the archipelago, erosion from winds and tides have created a unique habitat where life has flourished into hundreds of shapes and forms. From beautiful coral reefs on its seabed, to magnificent marine birds that fly overits skies, Española is certainly one of the most beautiful islands in the archipelago.
We disembark at Gardner Bay, welcomed by bright white sand and crystal clear waters, home to sea lions and marine iguanas that rest peacefully in front of us, it is a beach that is truly postcard-worthy. A tranquil bay invites us to do some snorkeling and discoverthe lush life of the rich Pacific Ocean.
A dinghy ride takes us to the Osborn Islet, a small rocky formation that has become the favorite nesting place for many marine birds, such as blue footed boobies and lava gulls. Another opportunity to do some snorkeling here and enjoy the wonderful world hidden underwater.
PM: Española - Suarez Point
Landing type: Dry landing, good shoes are required.
Possible activities: Hike.
A large colony of marine iguanas greet visitors at the dock of Punta Suarez. Marine iguanas are the only ones that are able to dive in orderto feed from the algae that grows in the volcanic walls of the islands. Their peculiar appearance earned them the name “imps of darkness” as it was recorded in Darwin's journal. Despite the unflattering name that marine iguanas received, they are one of the most interesting species of the Galapagos.
We continue exploring the island using the path that leads to a wonderful lookout point over a small cliff, from here we can see a very unusual formation, a blowhole. Capable of elevating water columns a few feet over the cliff, this blowhole is one of the many attractions in Española and certainly a fun spectacle for all to enjoy.
Española is also home to an incredibly special bird, the waved albatross. With a wingspan of over 6.5 ft., the waved albatross is the most magnificent bird to colonize this island, and Española is their only nesting site. During mating season, an intricate courtship dance takes place that will join pairs forlife, since albatrosses are a monogamous species.
Truly a visit that will forever be remembered
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner