Galapagos Islands Rábida is located 5 kilometres south of Santiago Island. It is known for its stunning stark red beaches, unlike the white sandy beaches, you see on the other Galapagos Islands. The colour is a result of the iron-rich volcanic material which oxidized over time. The island has plenty of lava formations, which serves as a great reminder of its origins. Upon arrival on this island, you will be greeted by a large colony of sunbathing sea lions and curious pups. While most sea lions are friendly, some older sea lions may be territorial. During breeding season, brown pelicans can be found nesting near the Crouton scouleri bushes. You can also hike up the other side of the island for an incredible hilltop view of the red beach below.
The saltwater lagoon is located behind the beach where flamboyant pink flamingos often breed and feed on pink shrimp larvae and water boatmen. The flamingos really take their time with their meals as they feed for around 7 to 12 hours a day! While the number of flamingos varies from year to year, pintail ducks and the common Stilts are also frequently sighted at the lagoon.
A short inland hiking trail is also a good place to observe land birds such as the Galapagos finches, Galapagos doves, Yellow Warblers, mockingbirds, as well as occasional snakes. The island is scattered with gigantic Opuntia cacti, Palo Santo trees, and scrubby bushes.
The clear turquoise waters allow for great swimming and snorkeling opportunity. If you are lucky, you may even spot sharks patrolling the shores of this beautiful red island.