Galapagos Islands Fernandina – Island of the Galapagos Penguin
Galapagos Islands Fernandina is the third-largest island in the archipelago and home to one of the most active volcanoes – La Cumbre. The latest volcanic activity was in 2018. It is also the youngest and westernmost island. Fernandina Island is a no man’s land inhabited by an unbelievably diverse range of wildlife. The island is one of the few remaining intact ecosystems in the world and its coast is lined with thick mangroves.
As you arrive on the island, be prepared to meet one of the largest species of marine iguanas in the Galapagos Islands. The flightless cormorants can only be found on this island and occasionally on Isabela Island. Together with the Galapagos penguin, they often rest on rocky crags where you can watch them feed and groom their young. There are also tidal pools where you might find a washed up sea turtle or stingray trapped in them.
Due to its recent volcanic activity, you will find extraordinary lava formations and landscapes on the island as well as endemic lava cacti. A visit to the island’s hot spot brings home a reminder of our breathing and living planet earth.