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the galapagos islands

Bartolome (Bartholomew)

Espanola (Hood)

Floreana (Charles)

Isabela (Albemarle)

A small, barren island located in Sullivan Bay off James Island, Bartolome is one
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to the summit of the island reveals probably the most scenic panorama in the
Galapagos, an extraordinary combination of volcanic formations, lunar landscapes
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a tall, eroded pinnacle which dominates Bartolome’s landscape, and offers some
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Site: Punta Suarez
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Site: Punta Cormorant
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Site: Urbina Bay
This area, located on the western coast of Isabela Island at the foot of Alcedo
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distinguished by corals and other marine formations which were deposited
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Principal attractions: coral and marine deposits, large marine iguanas,
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Other attractions: seashells, marine turtles, rays

Daphne (Daphne)

Site: Gardner Bay
Located on the eastern end of the island with an excellent, sandy beach for
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Daphne is a small, conical island which has been somewhat eroded around
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Galapagos doves

Fernandina (Narborough)
Site: Punta Espinosa
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Galapagos penguins

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Genovesa (Tower)
Site: Darwin Bay
Behind the small beach which lies at the apex of the bay are a number of
tidepools surrounded by cryptocarpus vegetation where colonies of frigate
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Site: Caleta Tagus (Tagus Cove)
A favourite site for the early pirates and whalers, which is evident from
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Site: Elizabeth Bay
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Plaza Sur (South Plaza)

Rabida (Jervis)

Santa Cruz (Indefatigable)

Santa Fe (Barrington)

One of a pair of small uplifted islands lying just off the eastern end of Santa Cruz,
South Plaza has a unique sesuvium and opuntia landscape which provides some
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gulls, which nest on the rugged southern cliffs of the island, are commonly seen,
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Site: The Highlands
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of the main attractions of this region, and there are wonderful panoramic
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Site: El Junco Lagoon
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Santiago (James)

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Site: Bahía Sullivan (Sullivan Bay)
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Site: Bahía James (James Bay)
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San Cristobal (Chatham)

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Site: Isla Lobos
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Site: Charles Darwin Research Station
Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come to observe and
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done and stress the importance of maintaining the islands’ ecosystems, and the
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galapagos calendar
A month by month guide to the islands

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