Galapagos Islands Santa Fé

Galapagos Islands Santa Fé - the island of iguanas

When you arrive on Santa Fé, you will find a local sea lion colony resting on the wetlands of the sandy white beaches. Do not be surprised as they greet you with their loud ‘melodic’ voices! The male sea lions like to put on quite a show to display their dominance while nonchalant female sea lions simply sunbathe, take occasional dips in the waters, relax and enjoy the show. For bird watchers out there, the Galapagos Hawk often take their post among salt bushes. A narrow path leads through the desert-like vegetation into the outback of the island. If you continue along the path, it brings you to the cliffs where you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the bay.

The northwestern part of Santa Fé is home to Galapagos rice rats and land iguanas. The calm turquoise sea at the Santa Fé beach beckons visitors to join the sea lions, whitetip reef sharks, eagle rays and sea turtles for a swim or a bit of snorkelling. You will also be able to see dolphins and humpback whales between July and September in the open sea.

The Opuntia Cactus Forest

What sets Santa Fé Island apart from other islands is its gigantic Opuntia Cactus forest. The cacti can grow as tall as 10 metres and are by far the largest in the Galapagos archipelago. Under the massive Opuntia, the endemic land iguanas can often be sighted. They are there in hope for a fallen blossom or ripened fruit which is quite a delicacy for them.

Plants

Opuntia echios, balsam trees, Maytenus octogona, yellow cordias, multicoloured lantana, Scalesia helleri and Croton scouleri bushes.

Animals

Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos rice rat, Santa Fé land iguanas, Galapagos snakes, Galapagos mockingbirds, Galapagos hawks, American yellow warblers, seven species of Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves, whitetip reef sharks, eagle rays.

Santa Fé Island at a glance

Area: 24 km2

Highest elevation: 259 m

Population: uninhabited

Ways to get there: hotel/cruise ship, day trip boat

Santa Fé Island Tours

Albatross couple

Galapagos Cruise: Southern Albatross Route

Duration: 7 - 7 days
Highlights: Post Office Bay, Punta Suarez, Snorkelling the Devil's Crown, Albatross Island - Española, Return flight to Guayaquil, Sea Lions, Return flights to Guayaquil

See the unique Galapagos albatrosses on Española during this journey through the southern archipelago.

From 2220,- USD
Price per pax
The boats Coral I and II

Galapagos Cruise Classic

Duration: 8 - 25 days
Highlights: 45 Ships to choose, budget or deluxe, Expert nature guides, Various routes, To and from Baltra Island, Includes Quito hotel, Includes domestic flight, Includes cruise, Includes all meals during cruise, Includes all excursions, Includes transfers, English speaking guides, Individual tour connections

Enjoy the highlights of the Galapagos with a short cruise through the islands - departures daily.

From 3290,- USD
Price per pax

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Albatross couple

Galapagos Cruise: Southern Albatross Route

Duration: 7 - 7 days
Highlights: Post Office Bay, Punta Suarez, Snorkelling the Devil's Crown, Albatross Island - Española, Return flight to Guayaquil, Sea Lions, Return flights to Guayaquil

See the unique Galapagos albatrosses on Española during this journey through the southern archipelago.

From 2220,- USD
Price per pax
The boats Coral I and II

Galapagos Cruise Classic

Duration: 8 - 25 days
Highlights: 45 Ships to choose, budget or deluxe, Expert nature guides, Various routes, To and from Baltra Island, Includes Quito hotel, Includes domestic flight, Includes cruise, Includes all meals during cruise, Includes all excursions, Includes transfers, English speaking guides, Individual tour connections

Enjoy the highlights of the Galapagos with a short cruise through the islands - departures daily.

From 3290,- USD
Price per pax
Galapagos Legend

Ecuador Complete: Amazon, Andes and Galapagos Cruise

Duration: 16 - 21 days
Highlights: Quito - Cultural World Heritage, Otavalo Craft Markets, Avenue of Volcanoes, Cuenca - Colonial History, Guayaquil - Economic Hub, Galapagos Cruise

Discover the diversity of Ecuador: Andes Mountains, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands

From 4440,- USD
Price per pax
Isabela II

Galapagos Cruise Complete

Duration: 12 - 18 days
Highlights: Genovesa, Fernandina, Española, Bartolomé

Take your time to discover the true essence of the Galapagos

From 5990,- USD
Price per pax