Galapagos Santa Fe Island
Could you provide us with a description of Santa Fe Island in Galapagos?
The beauty of Santa Fe Island is best appreciated from the trail which climbs the fault cliff overlooking the southern half of the bay.
This plateau is also the best place to find large land iguanas that are endemic to Santa Fe Island.
Santa Fe has one of the most beautiful and sheltered coves in the Galapagos Archipelago. Its turquoise lagoon is protected by a peninsula of tiny islets, forming an ideal anchorage.
Like North Seymour Island, Santa Fe has been uplifted seismically, and you can see underwater lava formations.
Santa Fe Island was formed by submarine basaltic lava that rose from the ocean floor over four million years ago.Follow Two the Trails in Santa Fe Island.
The first trail is a short 300 mt path that leads to a forest of giant Opuntia cacti, some of which are over 10 mt tall.
And the second is a longer, rocky 1,5 km trail that climbs into the highland region of the Island.
The short but somewhat steep ascent is a bit tough but offers a better chance of seeing land iguanas and an impressive view of Santa Fe Island and the ocean.
The trail is also an excellent place for birdwatching. Both trails are somewhat rocky, so make sure you bring some resistant walking shoes.
Santa Fe Island itself is quite dry and dominated by giant opuntia cacti, scalesia and palo santo trees. But it is a great place for snorkelig among White Tipped Reef Sharks and eagle rays.
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