The southernmost island, Española, is one of the richest wildlife locations in the Galapagos. Located on the western tip of Española is Punta Suarez. A 1.5 mile hike provides incredible views along the cliffs, through Blue Footed Booby colonies and a beach with sea lions and marine iguanas. It is also home to a magnificent blowhole that can shoot water 50 to 60 feet in the air, providing amazing opportunities for spectacular pictures.
Another spot especially popular with visitors is Bahía Gardner, located on the northeastern portion of the island. It offers a magnificent long, white sandy beach visitors can view colonies of sea lions, sea turtles swimming offshore and inquisitive mockingbirds. The beach is considered an open area where you are free to explore and view land iguanas.
Things to See and Do
* Scuba diving
* Swimming & snorkeling
* Marine life
* Sea lions & turtles
* Blue Footed Booby Colonies
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – U.S. dollar2 (USD)
Language – Spanish
Population – 40,000 approx (Galapagos islands)
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style
Time – GMT minus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 593
Port Location – There are landing sites at Bahia Gardner (wet landing) and Punta Suarez (wet or dry landing).
Transport Links – Flights to the Galapagos are relatively easy to arrange and depart from Quito and Guayaquil on a daily basis for the Isla Baltra airport, about two hours by public transport from Puerto Ayora, the main settlement of the Galapagos, on the central island of Santa Cruz. It is a 10 – 12 hour trip from Santa Cruz to Espanola.
Boat tours can also be arranged from Guayaquil, Quito, and even from Puerto Ayora.