Española Island Guided Day Tour
Located two hours from San Cristóbal, Española is the southernmost island and one of the oldest in the Galápagos archipelago. The island's flat profile is extremely dry with only a few inches of rain per year. Despite the dry climate the island is one of the world's only known nesting sites for the Waved Albatross (aka Galapagos Albatross). From April to December this island is covered with these adorably clumsy birds. Blue-Footed and Nazca Boobies as well as many other bird species also call this island home. Another unique species found only on Española Island is the Green and Red Marine Iguana (also known as Christmas Iguanas). Quite often you will be greated by these colorful reptiles. A visit to Gardner Bay for some open water snorkeling completes this island visit. Whale sightings are common (but not guaranteed) during the openwater cruise to/from San Cristóbal Island.
Tour Highlights and Inclusions:
- Cruise to Punto Suárez on Española Island (~2 hours).
- Hike across one of the oldest islands in the Archipelago.
- Look for the endemic Green and Red Iguanas (only on Española).
- View nesting Waved Albatross (April - December only).
- Snorkel the crystal water of Gardner Bay (open water).
- Includes lunch on board.
English Name: Espanola Island Spanish Name: Isla Española
Location & Geography: Española Island is located two hours southwest from the port of San Cristóbal. It is the southernmost island in the Galápagos archipeligo and at over 4 millions years, one of the oldest. The island has a very flat profile which receives less than three inches of rain per year. Because the island is so old, it has a number of sandy beaches and coves that are ideal for Sea Lions.
Terrestrial Wildlife: Galapagos (Waved) Albatross, Blue Footed Boobies, Nasca Boobies, Red Billed Tropicbirds, Galapagos Hawks, Sally Light-foot Crabs.
Marine Wildlife: Sea Turtles, Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas, Hammerhead Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Rays, Pelagic Fish and Reef Fish
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous due to terrain and exposure : Exposed improved path, sand and rocks. Wet and dry landings from motor yacht to zodiac to dock & zodiac to beach, and open water snorkeling.
You will need: closed shoes, water, hat, sunscreen, snorkel gear, bathing suit/ change of clothes and light jacket for the return trip.
|Start time: 7am Hotel Pick-up||Duration: Full-Day||Origin: San Cristóbal||Embarcation Point: Main Pier|
|Group Size: 12 maximum||Vessel Type: Motor Yatch||Activity level: Moderate||Travel Time: 4 hours round trip|