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Boobies and Iguanas at Fernandina

Cruise Fourth Day (Sunday) - Galapagos Odyssey - 5 night / 6 day Itinerary C (Western Islands)

AM: Fernandina, Punta Espinoza - wet landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking, Snorkeling

  • Punta Espinoza, in Fernandina Island, is one of the most pristine spots on our planet, as no animals have been introduced to Fernandina, maintaining its ecosystem intact.
  • Although the landscape looks barren on first sight, Punta Espinoza has the highest population density for marine Iguanas, which are found virtually on every inch of the landscape.
  • This space is also shared by sea lions, flightless cormorants, penguins and Sally Lightfoot crabs that make a wonderful contrast with the dark grey pahoehoe lava.
  • At low tide, is possible to see turtles and spotted eagle rays in an inlet from the trail. There are also tide pools where is usual to find octopus and damselfish.
  • Punta Espinoza also makes for one of the best places snorkeling sites on the islands. There are great chances to see penguins, sea turtles, flightless cormorants and marine iguanas feeding underwater.

PM: Isabela, Tagus Cove - dry landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking, Snorkeling

  • Tagus Cove is a historical pirate hideaway located on the western shores of Isabela Island.
  • It was usual for the crew of the ships that anchor here to paint or carve the name of the ships on the cliff that surround the cove.
  • A large portion of the writing is graffiti left by the US Navy during the mid-1900's, but the names of more ancient vessels can still be seen.
  • This site has a trail through some beautiful landscapes to the reach Darwin Lake, a small salt-water crater lagoon surrounded by tuff stone and inhabited by many bird species.

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