Islands in Galapagos

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How many Islands are there in Galapagos and which are the most important ones?

Your Answer

There are 13 major Islands in Galapagos and 6 smaller ones with more than 40 small islets sprinkled all around the region.

Isabela Island: is the largest in Galapagos with an area of 4,580 Km2 It is also one of the four inhabited Islands in Galapagos.

Santa Cruz Island: is the second largest volcanic Island of this Archipelago. It is the economic center of the Galapagos Islands.

San Cristobal Island: This is one of the oldest Islands in Galapagos it has an area of 558 km2 and San Joaquin hill is the highest elevation at 730 mts above the sea level.

Fernandina Island: It is the youngest Island and it's remote location and striking volcanic landscapes turns it into one of the most exotic Islands.

Floreana Island: Post Office Bay is located here where packages and letters can be left there and get picked up by a passing ship in route to such destination.

Santiago Island: is a fascinating Island to visit due to its past volcanic activity and spectacular landscapes.

Baltra Island: one of the two airports in Galapagos is located here and is the main point of entrance to this Archipelago.

Genovesa Island: is considered by many visitors to be one of the most impressive Islands in Galapagos. It has two visitor sites: Prince Philips Steps and Darwin Bay.

Marchena Island: is a beautiful and pristine Island located in the northern part of Galapagos. It has an area of 130 km2 and a maximum altitude of 343 meters.

Espanola Island: this Island has a unique fauna and birdwatching the waved albatrosses among other rare birds is one of the greatest attractions.

Pinta Island: is the famous birthplace of Giant Tortoise Lonesome George.

Pinzon Island: is home to endemic Giant tortoises, Sea lions, Galapagos hawks, dolphins and Marine iguanas. The Island has an area of 7 square miles and a maximum altitude of 1,503 feet.

Santa Fe Island: has one of the most beautiful and sheltered coves in Galapagos. Its turquoise lagoon is protected by a peninsula of tiny islets, forming an ideal anchorage.

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