One of the most impressive of the Galapagos range, Espanola is everything you could dream of from these barren, wild islands. Believed to be the oldest in the range at an age of 3 millions years, it has been left undisturbed to develop its own remarkable eco-system. The flora and fauna and indigenous species are not to be found anywhere else on earth, allowing the visitor to experience a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with some frankly bizarre creatures including the Waved Albatross (Espanola contains the only population of the bird in the world).
There are two points of entry on the island; Punta Suarez on the Southern edge of the island is sandy and the breeding ground of a group of Sea Lions and Gardner Bay which is a glorious white-beach, the translucent seas making it perfect for snorkelling and swimming. This is the land of Charles Darwin and a haven for budding botanists and biologists. Formed by volcanic activity, the island is rugged in the extreme; scientists believe that the island is slowly dying as the larger trees and vegetation disappear. Espanola Island is only available for visiting from San Cristobal, where a variety of accommodation is available. There are very strict rules about tourism on the islands and so it is only possible to visit as part of an organised tour.
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