Baltra Island


Baltra is a small island located in the center of the archipelago off the coast of Santa Cruz. Baltra is home to one of the two airports that connect Galapagos with continental Ecuador and it is the point of arrival for most travelers to the Galapagos. During World War II Baltra served as a base for the US Air Force. Today the island is an official Ecuadorian military base.
Baltra Fast Facts: 

  • During World War II Baltra served as a US Air Force base. Today the island serves as an official Ecuadorian military base.
  • Wildlife: Land Iguanas, Galapagos Finches
    Area: 8 sq. mi
    Highest Point: 328 ft

Bartholomew Island


This island is famous for its picturesque landscapes and fascinating rock and lava formations. Bartholomew is home to several endemic species including the Galapagos of tropical fish.
Bartholomew Fast Facts:

  • Highlights: Pinnacle Rock, picturesque sites, moonlike landscapes
  • Wildlife: Penguins, pioneer plants, lava cacti;
  • Snorkeling: reef sharks, rays, and great colorful fish.
    Area: 9 sq. mi
    Highest Point: 850 ft


Darwin Island


Darwin Island is one of the best diving sites in the archipelago and thus the world. Here you will find a wide variety of marine species such as the famous whale shark, hammerhead shark, pods of dolphins, some killer whales and colorful reef fish.
Visitor sites:

  • Darwin ‘s Arch
  • El Arenal

Daphne Minor Island


The island is located between the Santiago and Santa Cruz islands; the island has restrictions for tourist visits and is reserved for scientific research only. The island was a shooting range during World War II.


Española Island


Española is located in the southeast corner of the archipelago, its mostly flat, with few hills and endemic vegetation all over. Here you can find; Albatross, marine iguanas and other unique wildlife.
Visitor sites:

  • Osborn Islet
  • Gardner Bay/Islet
  • Suarez Point

Fernandina Island


Fernandina is one of the youngest islands of the archipelago and a favorite among tourists. Fernandina is beautiful with a large number of endemic species. Here you can find marine iguanas, Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, sea lions and varied
marine life. Punta Espinosa boasts one of the best lookout points of the archipelago.
Visitor sites:

  • Espinosa Point
  • Mangle Point
  • Cape Douglas

Floreana Island


The island is located in the south of the archipelago, it is an island full of legends, and it was a haven for pirates and home to the first inhabitants of the islands. The Devils Crown is hands down the best place for snorkeling in the Galapagos.
Visitor sites:

  • Baroness Viewing Point
  • Post Office Bay
  • Champion Islet
  • Cormorant Point
  • Devil’s Crown
  • Asilo de la Paz

Genovesa Island


Genovesa is a small island located in the northeast of the archipelago, AKA bird island; the island is home to a large number of frigates and countless bird species such as; Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and swallow tailed gulls. In Darwin Bay, you can enjoy a beautiful beach with coral sand; just off the beach, you will be able to spot frigate, red-footed booby and seagull nesting sites.
Visitor sites:

  • Darwin Bay
  • El Barranco/Prince Phillip ‘s Steps

Isabela Island


Isabela is the largest of all the islands in the archipelago. Isabela was born of fire, from the union of five volcanoes; even though the island has large areas of solidified lava with sparse vegetation, it also has extensive green areas with endemic vegetation including the unique red mangrove. You will also find beautiful beaches to enjoy and relax in the sun, especially in the south of the island. Puerto Villamil is located southeast of the island. 

Visitor sites:

  • Albemarle Point
  • Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center
  • Chico Volcano
  • Concha de Perla
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Flamingos Lake
  • Puerto Villamil
  • Moreno Point
  • Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Tagus Cove
  • The Wall of Tears
  • The Wetlands
  • Urbina Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point
  • Las Tintoreras
  • Cape Marshall
  • Roca Redonda
  • Tortuga Islet
  • Cuatro Hermanos Islets
  • Cowley Islet

Marchena Island


Marchena Island is not open to the public. Marchena Island had a slight volcanic activity back in the early nineties. However, the island is most famous for the discovery of mummified remains on one of its beaches, which belonged to the first inhabitants of the archipelago.


Mosquera Islet


Mosquera islet is made of reefs of rock and coral, and is only 160 meters wide. However, it is home to the largest population of sea lions and many shorebirds. You can also spot killer whales feeding on the unfortunate sea ​​lions.


North Seymour Island


This island is characterized by its arid regions, yet it is home to countless sea lions, blue-footed boobies and frigate birds.

Pinzon Island


Pinzon is quite small and located west of Santa Cruz. It is a great place to spot batfish, seahorses and red-lipped sharks.


Pinta Island


This island was home of the world famous Lonely George tortoise, the last known specimen of the species Chelonoidis abingdonii, one of the many giant tortoise species of the archipelago. Before the 90s, goats were introduced to the island; these goats ended with the vegetation of the island, and made the population of native turtles extinct. The goats were eradicated back in 1990 and the vegetation of the island is in a
recovery process. Because of this, there are not visits to this island by land; however, it has excellent diving sites such as Cape Chalmers, Cape Ibbetsoin and Nerus Point.

Rabida Island


Rabida is one of the most colorful islands and a great diving site. Here you will find the
renowned brown sand beaches and will marvel with the impressive lookout points and
breathtaking landscapes. It is a great place for bird watchers, where they will find some
of the rarest species of birds on the islands.


Santa Cruz Island


On Santa Cruz Island, you will find the largest and most touristic city of the archipelago Puerto Ayora. The island is a dormant volcano whose last eruption is estimated to have occurred a million years ago. On the island, you can find pristine beaches, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores and can easily book day tours to others nearby islands and visit the Charles Darwin Station.

 Visitor sites:

  • Puerto Ayora
  • Bachas Beach
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Carrion Point
  • Cerro Mesa
  • Charles Darwin Station / Fausto Llerena Breeding Center
  • Dragon Hill
  • Eden Islet
  • Garrapatero Beach
  • Highlands
  • Lava Tunnels
  • Tortuga Bay
  • Twin Craters
  • Whale Bay
  • Gordons Rock


Santiago Island


Santiago Island provides an extraordinary landscape; it is full of beaches, cliffs and pinnacles and is home to hundreds of seabirds. Back in the day, pirates used the island of Santiago as a replenishment area.

 Visitor sites:

  • Buccaneer Cove
  • Chinese Hat
  • Egas Port
  • Espumilla Beach
  • James Bay
  • Sullivan Bay
  • Albany Islet
  • Cousin Rocks

San Cristobal Island


The small town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located in San Cristobal Island, which has an airport that connects with mainland Ecuador. Here you will find frigate birds, sea lions, Galápagos tortoises, red-legged gannets, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, dolphins and Galapagos seagulls. You will also be able to visit the largest lake in the archipelago “El Junco” lagoon.


Visitor sites:

  • Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
  • El Junco Lagoon
  • La Galapaguera/Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center
  • Interpretation Center
  • Kicker Rock
  • Lobos Island
  • Ochoa Beach
  • Pitt Point
  • Puerto Chino Beach
  • Punta Carola Beach
  • Tijeretas Hill
  • Witch Hill

Santa Fe Island


Santa Fe is located in the northeast of the archipelago, it has several trails for visitors, one of the trails leads to a picturesque bay, and the others to a panoramic viewpoint on a cliff, and the island has small beaches and a forest of prickly pear cacti.


South Plaza Island


The island is home to the largest colonies of sea lions and the colorful yellow and red iguanas. The island has steep cliffs formed by growing lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti.


Wolf Island


Wolf is located north of the archipelago, there are no visits by land but it is a fabulous diving site, reserved for experienced divers. Currents can be quite strong and visibility is often limited. Some very impressive wildlife, like the whale shark, hammerhead sharks and dolphins can be spotted here.