Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) Island

With a surface area of 986 sqkm2, Santa Cruz is the second largest island of the Archipelago. Colonized since the 1920’s, Puerto Ayora, the populated part of the island, is the most important harbor of the Archipelago. With altitudes reaching 864 m. this island comprises of all plant zones, ranging from coastal to pampas. It is the home of the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galapagos National Park headquarters. Here you will learn first hand of the conservation and research efforts on the islands. See the tortoise hatchlings and breeding programs which are saving several races of tortoises from extinction. Tour the Van Straelen Exhibit Hall. Stroll through the town of Puerto Ayora to buy souvenirs, mail postcards and absorb some local color in the social heart of the islands. Tourism, boat repair, fishing and agriculture are the major trades.

Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) Island

The scenery of the highlands of Santa Cruz continually changes as we ascend through all seven different vegetation zones. When present (June to January) we are able to see the giant tortoises in the wild at a private farm. Visit a pair of large pit craters called “ Los Gemelos” (Spanish word for twins) and the largest lava tunnels found in Galapagos.

On this island we can see giant tortoises, vermillion flycatcher, large billed flycatcher, Darwin finches, pampa (fernsedge zone), scalesia trees, moconia.

Black Turtle Cove

We enter this tranquil lagoon surrounded by mangroves by dingy, paddling to remain as quiet as possible. From December to March, the Pacific green turtles come here to breed. Young white-tipped reef sharks, schools of spotted eagle rays and golden rays are often spotted. Three species of mangrove; red, white and black, are all found here.

Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz Island

Cerro Dragon

We enter this tranquil lagoon surrounded by mangroves by dingy, paddling to remain as quiet as possible. From December to March, the Pacific green turtles come here to breed. Young white-tipped reef sharks, schools of spotted eagle rays and golden rays are often spotted. Three species of mangrove; red, white and black, are all found here.

Bachas Beach

The sand at Las Bachas is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, and a favorite site for nesting sea turtles.

The Sally Lightfoot crabs are abundant on the lava rocks along the water's edge. These crabs will eat anything they can get their claws on.

On this hike, we saw flamingos, sally light-foot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels.

Established departures 2018

  • Slopes of the Andes

    11 days 2018:
    October 7 to 17
    December 9 to 19

    11 days 2019:
    July 28 to August 7
    October 6 to 16
    December 8 to 18

  • Southern Endemics

    10 days 2018:
    November 25 to December 4

    10 days 2019:
    June 22 to July 1
    August 10 to 19
    November 23 to December 2

  • Galapagos Birding Tour

    8 days 2018:
    November 8 to 15

    8 days 2019:
    March 28 to April 4
    July 11 to 18
    November 7 to 14

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2016-10-12, 16:44
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