Destination guide: Galapagos Islands
Discover Galapagos Islands
Galapagos is an island destination with outstanding examples of the animal and vegetable kingdoms. Fly with LAN and discover the adventures that wait for you there:
Santa Fe (Barrington) Island
This island stretches over an area of 24 square kilometers (9.3 sq. mi.) where you will find a forest of the archipelago's largest cacti. Among the island's land species are the land iguana and lava lizard. In addition to admiring nests in seaside cliffs, visitors can snorkel alongside seals in the turquoise waters of the picturesque lagoon.
Floreana (Charles) Island
With a surface area of 173 square kilometers (67 sq. mi.), this island was named after Juan José Flores, the first president of Ecuador, whose administration took possession of the archipelago in 1832. Between December and May, pink flamingos and green sea turtles nest here. At the "Devil's Crown" underwater volcanic cone, visitors can observe unique coral formations.
Genovesa (Tower) Island
Stretching over 14 square kilometers (5.4 sq. mi.), Genovesa Island is the remainder of a large submerged crater. It is also known as "Bird Island" due to the population of swallow-tailed gulls, which are the only nocturnal hunters of the species. Visitors will also see red-footed boobies, lava gulls, swallows and other tropical birds.
Baltra (South Seymour) Island
Baltra Island covers an area of 27 square kilometers (10.4 sq. mi.) and is the site of the archipelago's main airport, built during World War II by the United States military. The military barracks can still be seen there today. The arid island is populated with wild desert flora, mostly cactus, and offers excellent spots for surfing, snorkeling and diving.
Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) Island
Spread over an area of 986 square kilometers (381 sq. mi.), Santa Cruz is home to the archipelago's largest settlement, the town of Puerto Ayora. Its highlands are famous for their lava tunnels while Black Turtle Cove is one of the area's best beaches. The crystal-clear waters are ideal for snorkeling and surfing.
Bartolomé (Bartholomew) Island
This island is a mere 1.2 square kilometers (0.4 sq. mi.) across. Here, visitors will find Pinnacle Rock, a stone tower in the shape of an obelisk reminiscent of the archipelago itself. At Bartolomé Island, visitors can see the Galapagos penguin, seals, lava formations and recently-formed volcanic cones.
Isabela (Albemarle) Island
This island is home to Galapagos penguins, marine and land iguanas, boobies, pelicans, Sally Lightfoot crab, Galapagos hawks and Galapagos doves, in addition to lush and interesting vegetation. On the southern tip of the island, Puerto Villamil is the archipelago's third largest human settlement.