Galapagos Floreana Island

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Galapagos Floreana Island is best known for its colorful history of buccaneers, whalers, convicts, and colonists.

Floreana Island is the best place on Earth if you want peace and escape from the noisy world.

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To the north of Floreana is located Post Office Bay, a charming place where you can follow the tradition of pirates and whalers of the past.

There still is a barrel where these people left mail, and every ship that passed by would look through the mail to see if they were heading to where the mail was addressed and then take it.

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Over the years thousands of ships have stopped to send and receive mail at Post Office Bay. Many have posted a sign of driftwood or other materials memorializing their visit. This is the only area in the Galapagos were graffiti is still acceptable.

The tradition lives on, and you can leave a letter for a loved one in Galapagos Floreana. Hopefully, it will be delivered by someone in the next week or so.

Floreana is one of the oldest Islands in Galapagos. It illustrates the aging process of a volcanic Island.

Unlike the younger western Islands, Floreana's volcano has been long extinct and is in the advanced stages of erosion.

The erosion process gave the Galapagos Floreana Island the nutrients and soils need to sustain plant life.

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The combination of this rich soil and a good water supply have given the highlands of Floreana a diversified landscaping of native and introduced flora.

Floreana with its caves and shelters were used by early buccaneers, as well as the first official settler of the Galapagos Islands.

He was an Irishman named Patrick Watkins who was left alone in 1803 and then settled to sell supplies to whalers.

Later residents included convicts, pirates and colonists and in the 1930's there was an intriguing history involving love, hate, and even mysterious deaths, according to John Treherne's book: The Galapagos Affair

Galapagos Floreana Island has an incredible wildlife. The famous Galapagos Finches, sea lions, marine iguanas and a lagoon populated with greater flamingos that share their home with pin tail ducks and migratory bird species that come from the Northern hemisphere.

The legendary Floreana mockingbird is extinct on the main Island, but there is a small thriving population on the small islet of Champion located off the north side of the Floreana.

The symbolic Charles mockingbird was common on Galapagos Floreana back in 1835 when Charles Darwin landed on this Island.

He captured many of them, and these birds became an important fact for the development of his Theory of Evolution.

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Devil's Crown

This is a great place for snorkeling. It is a semicircle of rocks and one of the most magnificent diving and snorkeling places in the Galapagos Islands.

In the later summer months, it's a bit cold, but the shivers are well worth the view! You'll enjoy yourself seeing sharks, schools of tropical fish, corals and countless other Galapagos Marine Life

Other Galapagos Floreana Visitor Sites:

  • Black Beach
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Champion Islet

In Floreana Island you can also go Birdwatching to the highlands of this Island. Visit Asilo de la Paz, which is the natural water source for the Island.

Another interesting hiking adventure is to the flamingo lagoons and the nearby marine turtle nesting place.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading! There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers. Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in. Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier. But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you. Small, well-priced, and reliable!

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table. This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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