Española Island

Española Island is located at the southeastern end of the archipelago and is considered, along with Santa Fe, one of the oldest islands, about four million years old. The boat trip from Santa Cruz Island to Española takes approximately 10 to 12 hours. Visitors come to see the mating dances of albatrosses and blue-footed boobies in this area. Because of its great variety of seabirds, this island is very popular among birdwatchers. Masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, Galapagos gulls, red-billed boobies, thrushes, swallow-tailed gulls, and, above all, albatrosses can be found. There are two places to visit: Gardner Bay and Punta Suarez.

GARDNER BAY

Gardner Bay is a beach approximately 1 km long, one of the most beautiful in all of the Galapagos. It is home to numerous colonies of sea lions and its turquoise waters create a beautiful contrast with the white sand formed by shell dust. Large marine iguanas and zayapas mingle on the rocks.

The jackdaws fight for territory and inspect the tourists' backpacks. About 50 m from the shore there is a rock where you can find tropical fish and rays while snorkeling. One of the most spectacular places in the Galapagos is Gardner Rock, which can be accessed via boat. The white tip sharks and other inhabitants of the sea live here.

PUNTA SUAREZ

Punta Suarez is located at the western end of the island of Hispaniola. The tourist route is about 2 km long and winds from one end of the island to the other, where you can see spectacular birds. Many finches nest here, so be careful not to step on their nests (depending on the season). You may also see red marine iguanas resting in the sun or vultures in the treetops, hunting the young blue-footed boobies. Following the trail you may encounter the masked boobies that nest almost all year round on the cliffs.

The highlight of the tour is undoubtedly the Galapagos albatross colony, endemic to this island and found nowhere else in the islands or the world. From mid-March to the end of December there are about 12,000 birds of this fascinating species, which have a wing span of about 2.40 meters. On the cliffs, they look uncomfortable, but when they fly they are the kings of the sky.

A short distance from the albatross colony is Blowing Hole. It is a spring of water up to 20 m (50-75 ft) high created by the waves. All the energy is pushed through a small hole in the cliff, whose phenomenon resembles a geyser.

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