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Floreana Island

The official name of the island is "Santa Maria" and its English name is "Charles," but it is most commonly known as "Floreana." The island is located at the far south of the archipelago. Floreana is associated with a strange and curious history of its inhabitants. Snorkeling around this area is one of the best in the Galapagos.

  • Animals: Flamingos, sea turtles
  • Floreana Visitor sites:
      Baroness Viewpoint is a fantastic place to absorb the environment of the Galapagos. Once inhabited by an indulgent baroness and her three lovers, the history of this island is intriguing. The legends about this baroness are associated with a fascinating murder mystery. There are easy trails in this area for exploring the flora and fauna of Floreana.
      Highlights: Great view, sea turtles, mysterious story about the first inhabitants of the islands
      Possible Activities: Short hike (1 km)
      Type of Landing: Wet Landing
      Difficulty: Easy
      Champion Islet, named after the whaler Andrew Champion, is a small island located just offshore Floreana Island in the southern part of the Archipelago, considered as one of the most beautiful places on Galapagos for all snorkeling and diving fans and an excellent opportunity for dolphin watching.
      Highlights: See lions, reef fish and Nasca boobies
      Possible Activities: Snoreling and dinghy ride
      Type of Landing: Moderate / Difficult
      Difficulty: Wet landing
      One of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos, this volcanic crater has been eroded by the waves leaving the northern and southern sides poking out of the water. The coral reef in the middle is perfect for attracting marine life. Snorkelers enjoy the variety of marine life and exciting currents that rush through the crown, creating an exhilarating experience.
      Highlights: The best snorkelling site in Galapagos Islands with sharks, rays, rock formations, lots of tropical fish
      Possible Activities: Snorkeling
      Type of Landing: No landing
      Difficulty: Moderate/difficult
      This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The "Green Beach" is named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the "Four Sand Beach" is composed of white coral.
      Highlights: Flamingoes, green-colored beach
      Possible Activities: Dinghy ride & hike (2 km)
      Type of Landing: Wet Landing
      Difficulty: Easy
      In the 18th century, whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.
      Highlights: Barrel Post Office, nice sandy beach
      Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi/1 km) & snorkeling
      Type of Landing: Wet Landing
      Difficulty: Easy
      Asilo de la Paz is a visitor site of historical significance on Floreana Island located 5 mi (8 km) from Puerto Velasco Ibarra. Along the trail to the top of a 1476 ft (450 m) tall hill, visitors will pass through a Scalesia tree forest and see a corral where Galapagos tortoises from San Cristobal Island are kept. Visitors will discover the caves where some of the first human settlers on Floreana Island stayed and also encounter a fresh water spring.
      Highlights: Historic caves, fresh water spring, Galapagos petrels, medium tree finches, Galapagos tortoises in captivity
      Possible Activities: Hiking along a trail leading to the top of the hill
      Type of Landing: Dry Landing
      Difficulty: Difficult as the trail leads up to an altitude of 1476 ft (450m). Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended.