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Fernandina Island, the most pristine of Galapagos

User: Latin Trails
Date: May 13, 2017

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Fernandina is a geological paradise, where vegetation grows in a volcanic coast. Its remote location and the incredible volcanic landscapes make this island one of the most exotic of Galapagos, while it is still one of the least visited. Discover more about Fernandina Island!

Fernandina is the latest of the islands, and the third largest island after Isabela and Santa Cruz. The island was named Fernandina in honor of the Spanish King Fernando the Catholic, who sponsored the voyage of Columbus. It has an area of 642 square kilometers and the highest spot is the volcano Cumbre, with a height of 1494 meters. The volcano - one of the most active of the islands - has had more than 20 eruptions since 1813, according to the Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School.


What to see & do

Mangle Point is a marvelous snorkeling site, and a perfect place for riding in a panga or zodiac through a grove of mangrove trees. A hike of about 1/2 miles is recommended. While visitors are on their ride, they can enjoy the company of sea lions, tortoises, pelicans, rays and many types of birds. It is a perfect destination for birdwatchers!

 

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Espinoza Point is a famous place known for its large colonies of marine iguanas. It is also the habitat of extraordinary species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguins, Galapagos hawks, snakes, etc. As you can observe in the picture, the wings of this flightless cormorant have shrunken over the years, so they can swim at higher speeds.

 

CONSERVATION CHALLENGES

Fernandina is the island which has preserved the most endemic fauna and flora, it is the most pristine of the Galapagos Islands. It is plenty of extraordinary species such as land and marine iguanas, snakes, flightless cormorants, penguins, finches, blue-footed boobies and many others. The greatest threat to the flora and fauna is the potential for future introductions of aggressive exotic species. There are periodic revisions to preserve this exotic environment.

 

Itineraries

If you want to see Fernandina Island on board of our exclusive yachts, these are our itineraries that include a visit to this marvelous island. The boutique yacht Galapagos Seaman Journey has some itineraries that include visits to Fernandina Island.

 

  • Itinerary C and D include a visit to Fernandina on Day 2, in particular to Mangle Point.
  • Itinerary E also includes a visit to Mangle Point on Day 6.
  • Itinerary F also includes visits to Fernandina, in particular to Mangle Point and to Espinoza Point too.

 

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