Are you visiting the beautiful Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos? Here are 7 incredible things to see on your trip.
One of Alex Trebek's favorite places in the world is the Galapagos islands because of its beauty and wonder. There are plants, flowers, and animals that can't be found anywhere else in the world.
It is like a world of its own and there are plenty of reasons it will probably be one of your favorite places too after seeing all it has to offer.
Keep reading for 7 incredible things you'll want to see while visiting Isla Santa Cruz.
1. Charles Darwin Research Center
The Charles Darwin Research Center has been one of the most anticipated stops for most travelers to Isla Santa Cruz. Since 1964 this facility has been a landmark and essential learning facility that draws visitors from around the world.
A staff of more than a hundred scientists, researchers, support staff, volunteers and workers dedicate their time to the restoration and conservation efforts of their sustainable development projects.
The public can learn, observe, and experience the facility's efforts to understand and discover all the ecosystem and wildlife on the island has to offer. You'll be able to walk the paths to see tortoises, birds, vegetation, and creatures you cannot find anywhere else in the world.
2. Black Turtle Cove
Black Turtle Cove is a mangrove estuary where you can marvel at the beauty of the island while observing sea turtles, pelicans, rays, and much more.
This area is restricted and regulated to keep it natural and undisturbed by human contact. You can visit it by panga (a dinghy) as long as the motor is turned off and you are respectful of the environment and life around you.
3. Tortuga Bay
This bay can be reached by path or water taxi and is worth the adventure to take in the beautiful beaches. You can visit from 6 am - 6 pm and there are water and snacks available if you decide to stay for the day. There aren't any bathrooms or change rooms available on the beach though so wear your swimsuit and be sure to visit the facilities before heading down the path.
December to May is the hottest season and you may find the heat unbearable at midday so many prefer to visit in the morning or evening to avoid the sweltering heat at its most fierce. Others relax in the warm waters of the beach and bask in the heat.
4. Carrion Point
The eastern coast of Santa Cruz includes the beautiful and popular Carrion Point. This is an ideal location to snorkel and will provide you with sights you can't see and beauty beyond compare. There's no spot to park your boat so be prepared to swim from your boat. The waters are so inviting that you'll be anxious to be a part of it.
This is one of many spots you can visit on a day tour or adventure on the islands. You can get information from this blog about options for day trips and adventures in the area.
5. Lava Tunnels
Another cool experience you'll want to be sure to check out while on Isla Santa Cruz is the lava tunnels. Travel below ground and through tunnels created completely by flowing lava that has since hardened to create tunnels and hidden caverns for you to explore.
Many scientists around the world dream of the opportunity to come and map the lava tubes of the Galapagos Islands. They are unique and worth the stop to experience the mystical feel of them.
Add Isla Santa Cruz to Your Bucket List
If you haven't already secured your plans to visit Isla Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands then you need to add it to your bucket list because it is the most unique, mystical, and breathtakingly beautiful place with creatures, plants, and sights you can't find anywhere else in the world.
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