Located 60 kilometers east of the Española island, measuring 170 km ². His name is in honor of the first president of Ecuador Juan Jose Flores, during whose administration took possession of the archipelago. Floreana is more known for its colorful history of buccaneers, whalers and settlers. It was one of the earliest islands to be inhabited, here you can see between December and May to pink flamingos and sea turtles nesting. Also you can find a small population of Galapagos penguins.
Floreana is also known as Santa Maria Island, has about 150 inhabitants and is one of the four inhabited islands in Galapagos, but because of their legends is the most famous of all the islands. One of the mysteries that have not been resolved until today, is the death of several of its inhabitants.
Your access port is Playa Prieta or Black Beach, where the village. Near him is the place called La Lobería, easy access for visitors.
In the interior of the island, at the top, is Ritter's farms and on the south, the haven of peace, a place where the Wittmer settled. Near this place, stood the manufactured home: Paradise of Baroness Wagner de Bousquet. In the center of the island of Straw Hill, 680 meters high.
A half hour by boat from Playa Prieta due north, is the Bay of Mail or Post Office Bay, where the mailbox is Colnett established in 1793.
Another place that you can see Floreana Island is the Devil's Crown, or Isle Onslow, volcanic cone that rises from the sea and stunning looks which overwhelms the mind of the visitor.
At Punta Cormorant there is a crystalline beach, where you can pick up small crystals of olivine, on this coast you can see penguins and occasionally in the ponds near the beach, flamingos. On the other side of the Point can be seen a large bay of white sand in which turtles lay their eggs usually is the Shark Bay.
In the eastern part of the island stands Bay Caves, where tradition says the pirates were staying.
Floreana Island is the ideal place for diving and kayaking. Another activity would go a panga along the rocks and observe the nesting of pelicans, gulls, herons and blue-footed boobies.
Map Floreana Island, Galapagos Ecuador