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Espanola IslandEcuador

See an iguana that changes color when breeding, the largest mockingbird in the archipelago, turtles and waved albatross at this isolated island.

Española Island (Isla Española) is the most southerly of the Galápagos Islands and a sanctuary for a mesmerizing array of wildlife. Also known as Hood Island, Española Island is a dry and flat shield volcano island. Geologists believe it to be 4 million years old, making it one of the oldest islands in the Galápagos. The island’s bays and cliffs provide a natural habitat for albatross, turtles and whales, among others.

The island has two visitor sites. One is Punta Suárez, a rocky headland teeming with endemic animal species. A colony of curious and friendly sea lions will greet you as you disembark at the boat landing. Follow a marked trail that climbs above the rugged cliffs and passes a powerful blowhole.

Spot crabs and lava lizards. Marvel at the marine iguanas, which turn shades of bright green and red during the mating season. See the Hood mockingbird, the biggest mockingbird of the islands, in addition to blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, red-billed tropicbirds and swallow-tailed gulls. From April to December look for the waved albatross performing its extravagant and boisterous mating ritual.

Travel by boat to Gardner Bay, a 1.2-mile (2-kilometer) long beach of powdery white sand on the island’s northern coast. Snap memorable shots of the sea lions that bask on the sands. Green sea turtles come to nest here from January to March. Swim in the crystal clear water and watch as sea lions glide around your legs.

For more adventure, go snorkeling at Gardner Island and Tortuga Rock, just offshore from Gardner Bay. You’ll share the water with more sea lions, sharks, turtles and fish such as bumphead parrotfish and king angelfish.

Reach Española Island by arranging a day tour from San Cristóbal Island and Santa Cruz Island. During the 2-hour journey whale sightings are sometimes possible.

Top Hotels in Espanola Island

Galapagos Habitat By Eco Luxury Group
Galapagos Habitat By Eco Luxury Group
3.5 out of 5
Ave. Charles Darwin S/n Y Piquero, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos
The price is CA $248 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Situated on the waterfront, this lodge is within a 10-minute walk of Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. Malecon and Playa de los Alemanes ...

3.8/5Good! (37 reviews)

"Staff are very pleasant, helpful, excellent team. Wifi is marginal."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 2, 2020

Galapagos Habitat By Eco Luxury Group
La Casa de Marita
La Casa de Marita
3 out of 5
Conocarpus S/n, Puerto Villamil, Galapagos
The price is CA $161 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Villamil hotel is just steps away from Puerto Villamil Beach and Galapagos National Park. El Embarcadero Pier and Concha de ...

4.4/5Excellent! (62 reviews)
Great place to stay on Isabela!

"We had a wonderful stay- the staff was so helpful and friendly. Dinner at the restaurant was great- fresh and locally sourced. Beautiful views from the hotel and convenient to everything you want to do on Isabela ."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 15, 2020

La Casa de Marita
GALAPAGOS DREAMS
GALAPAGOS DREAMS
2.5 out of 5
Av. Cucuve y Floreana, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
The price is CA $76 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

Located in the heart of Puerto Ayora, this hostal is within 1 mi (2 km) of Malecon and Galapagos National Park. Tortuga Bay Beach is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.

4.3/5Excellent! (79 reviews)

"Very friendly place to stay. Goes the extra mile to accommodate guest. Called a taxi for us the morning we left and told the driver where we needed to go, great service when visiting a location where we did not speak the language. Within 2 blocks from the wharf and some great restaurants."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 2, 2020

GALAPAGOS DREAMS
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Espanola Island

Chez Manany Galapagos Eco lodge
Chez Manany Galapagos Eco lodge
3 out of 5
Calle 10 y Calle K, Via al Embarcadero, Isabela Island, Puerto Villamil

Situated near the beach, this cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of El Embarcadero Pier and Galapagos National Park. Concha de Perla Nature Park and Puerto Villamil ...

5/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)

"Chez Manany is a beautiful and thoughtful eco-lodge with pride of ownership. Mariana is so helpful and lovely. She was able to arrange tours at a much lower price than you can find online. Our 6 and 8 year old boys did not have any problem walking the distance to town and no bikes were necessary. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 26, 2019

Chez Manany Galapagos Eco lodge
Apartamento Cerca del Mar
Apartamento Cerca del Mar
Puerto Ayora, Galapagos
The price is CA $104 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Malecon and Galapagos National Park. Tortuga Bay Beach is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.

Apartamento Cerca del Mar
Cozy Room Inside the Galapagos Forest
Cozy Room Inside the Galapagos Forest
Pasaje Scalecia SN y Camino Viejo, SN, Santa Rosa, Galapagos
The price is CA $52 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Situated in Santa Rosa, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Galapagos National Park and within 25 miles (40 km) of Los Gemelos Sinkholes and Rancho Primicias. ...

Cozy Room Inside the Galapagos Forest
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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