Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Ecuador

Located between Santa Cruz and San Cristobal. Named in honor of the capitulations of Santa Fe, has 24 km2 and a maximum altitude of 259 meters. It is a small island that lacks fresh water, but living there a lot of goats to which they can see a lot of goats to which they can be seen in long lines, walking on the edge of the cliff. They say the settlers survive because they have adapted to drink seawater. The flora is a very particular characteristic of this island, which has a forest of giant cacti in the middle of which inhabit the marine and land iguanas, unique in the world.

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  • Region:Insular
  • Province:Galapagos
  • Latitude:-0.8167
  • Length:-90.0667
  • Climate:18º C a 29º C
  • Population:-
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  • Area code:593 5
  • Currency:American dollar
  • Predominant language:Spanish
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  • Distance from Quito:- km. aprox.
  • Distance from Guayaquil:- Km. aprox.



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Information of Santa Fe Island

The island is also called Santa Fe in honor of Admiral Barrington Samuel Barrington.

Unlike other islands in the Galapagos archipelago, Santa Fe is not volcanically active. The island has no fresh water and has never been inhabited. .

According to studies indicate that Santa Fe could be the oldest Galapagos volcano, there are formed subaerial rocks dating back 3.9 million years.

Also that the island of Santa Fe has a mix of underwater lava pushed to the surface by uplift and lava were deposited subsequent to the survey.

Access to the island is wet. From the shore you can access a trail that leads to a forest of Opuntia cactus are the largest in the archipelago, and Palo Santo.

The land iguana found on Santa Fe, is a unique species in the world. They differ mainly from other iguanas of the archipelago, by the larger size and paler color. It is a large lizard that can grow to 1.2 m, with a long tail and big claws.

The species of iguana found on this island is the Conolophus pallidus and can be seen in large numbers as well as lava lizards.

Also in the San Fe Island you can see owls, frigates, swallow-tailed gulls, tropic birds and petrels, pelicans, hawks, sea lions, white sharks, sea turtles and kill streaks.

Santa Fe has one of the most beautiful bays in the Galapagos Islands, Barrington Bay. It is the ideal place for snorkeling accompanied by sea lions.

Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Islands


Map Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Ecuador

Map Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Ecuador




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