Española

Area: 15 067 acres /

Highest point: 675 ft (206 meter)

Española is the most southern island of the archipelago. It is the oldest island, about 3.3 million years old. Española Island is a popular island for cruises. It is approximately an 11-hour boat ride from Santa Cruz.
There are two visitor sites:

Gardner Bay
is a beach of about 1 km long, one of the most beautiful beaches of Galapagos. It is located on the north coast of Española. Several colonies of sea lions reside here and the turquoise water contrasts beautifully with the white beach. Large marine iguanas and crabs lie on the rocks.
Along the beach are mocking birds, who are after your backpack.
At 50 meters from the beach is a rock around which you can snorkel. But even more beautiful is the slightly further away Tortuga Rock where you can swim between schools of parrot fish.

Punta Suarez
Punta Suarez is located on the west side of the island. The route (two hours) here passes over rocky lava from one side of the island to the other. Here is an impressive blowhole (20 meters high) in the rocks, where the seawater is sprayed up with great force by the waves. This is one of the most beautiful spots on Galapagos: you will find a fantastic animal richness with colonies of blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and albatrosses. There are so many blue-footed nests that you should take care not to step on them.

The island is much appreciated by bird watchers. The entire population of Galapagosalbatrosses (some 12,000 birds) nests on Española from mid-March to the end of December. They have a wing span of 2.40 meters.

On Española you will also find breeding colonies of mask and blue-footed boobies. You will also find the swallow-tailed gull, the lava heron, the tropic bird, the galapagos pigeon, the galapagos hawk, the american oystercatcher, …

PHOTO GALLERY

WHY TRAVEL WITH EXPLORE ECUADOR?

Tom - guide in EcuadorI’m Tom from Belgium and I’ll make sure your trip to Ecuador or cruise in Galapagos goes as smoothly and pleasantly as possible. I have been living in Ecuador for a decade and have been working in tourism for 8 years now. Before that, I obtained my guides diploma in Ecuador. Traveling and discovering new places is my passion.
Together with the local travel agency Descubre-Ecuador, we offer tailor-made tours in Galapagos and on the Ecuadorian mainland. Over the years, Descubre-Ecuador has built a reliable partnership with the best hotels and the best nature guides in Ecuador. Our small-scale way of working ensures easy accessibility and a lot of flexibility when traveling.
Customer satisfaction is the essence for us. And even in those rare moments of unforeseen difficult circumstances, we make sure that we are there to make sure your trip runs smoothly.
Explore Ecuador and Galapagos!

WHY TRAVEL TO ECUADOR?

Indian woman from SalasacasIn South America, Ecuador is one of the smaller countries, but the country is hugely diverse in terms of geography, climate and population. You can visit the Andes, the Amazon rainforest as well as the tropical coast without taking extremely long domestic flights or transfers. And then you have the Galapagos Islands, a once in a lifetime experience. The diversity of flora and fauna per square mile is enormous. Ecuador is South America in a nutshell. Moreover, the country is relatively safe and little visited. The national currency is the USD and you have a wide choice of direct flights to Quito and Guayaquil from Europe and the United States.

WAAROM REIZEN MET ONTDEK-ECUADOR?

Tom - guide in EcuadorIk ben Tom uit België en zorg ervoor dat jullie reis naar Ecuador of cruise in Galapagos zo vlot en aangenaam mogelijk kan verlopen. Ik woon al een tiental jaren in Ecuador en werk nu 8 jaren in toerisme. Daarvoor heb ik in Ecuador mijn gidsen-diploma behaald. Reizen en nieuwe plaatsen ontdekken is mijn passie. Samen met het lokale reiskantoor Descubre-Ecuador, bieden we reizen op maat in Galapagos en op het Ecuadoriaanse vasteland aan. Descubre-Ecuador heeft door de jaren heen een betrouwbare samenwerking opgebouwd met de beste hotels en de beste natuurgidsen van Ecuador. Onze kleinschalige manier van werken zorgt voor een vlotte bereikbaarheid en veel flexibiliteit bij het reizen. De tevredenheid van de klant is voor ons de essentie. En ook op die zeldzame momenten van onvoorziene moeilijke omstandigheden zorgen we dat we er zijn om jullie reis toch perfect te laten verlopen. Ontdek Ecuador en Galapagos!