Isla Española, Provinca de Galapagos Travel Guide

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Isla Española, Provinca de Galapagos Overview

Isla Española is the oldest and most southern island in the Galapagos Archipelago, and is 61 sq km in size. Its main attraction is its endemic wildlife. A fantastic place to go bird watching as it\'s the home of the famed and endemic Waved Albatross. Worth touring between the months of late March to December, when the Waved Albatross rests and nests here.

Also known as Hood, Isla Española has 2 main visitor sites; one is Punta Suarez on the western end of the island, and Gardner Bay sits on the eastern end. Landing at Punta Suarez is a wet one but you can see amazing wildlife. Take a walk along the 2 km long trail to see playful sealions, a fantastic array of sea birds and some of the largest Marine Iguanas in the archipelago in action.

Punta Suarez is one one of the best tourist spots in the Galapagos and is the habitat for colourful Española Lava lizards, Masked boobies and Blue-footed boobies. You can also se the Galapagos Dove, the Galapagos Hawk, the Warbler Finch, the Hood Mockingbird, the Large-Cactus Finch, the Large-Billed Flycatcher, the Small-Ground Finch, the Swallow-Tailed Gull, Red-Billed Tropicbirds, Audubon\\\'s Shearwaters & American Oystercatchers.

East of the island sits Gardner Bay, a tourist favourite for swimming and snorkelling. With a beautiful white sand beach, it\\\'s a wonderful place to relax. There is also a sea lion colony here. Between October and December, you will find Green Sea Turtles mating just off shore.

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