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Marine Iguana on the beach, Santa Cruz Island

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Journey into a world where nature reigns supreme.

What sets Santa Cruz Island apart is its unique accessibility to the interior and higher elevations of a Galápagos island. Here, you're an explorer delving deep into the heart of this natural wonderland

Situated strategically near Baltra Airport to the north, Santa Cruz Island is not just a destination; it's the key that unlocks the Galápagos adventure of a lifetime.

One of the island's star attractions is the famous Charles Darwin Research Station, a place where visitors can come face to face with the iconic giant tortoises. These ancient reptiles, some over a hundred years old, roam freely in the lush highlands. It's a truly humbling experience to observe them in their natural habitat and learn about the conservation efforts to protect these magnificent creatures.

Nature lovers will be in their element on Santa Cruz Island. The cerulean waters surrounding the island beckon snorkellers and divers to explore the vibrant underwater world, where sea lions, marine iguanas, and countless fish species frolic among the coral reefs. For those who prefer to stay dry, hiking trails meander through lush landscapes, leading to picturesque vistas of craters and lava tunnels.

Whilst exploring the island's main town, Puerto Ayora, head to the charming Charles Darwin Avenue, lined with artisan shops, cosy cafes, and restaurants serving freshly caught seafood. Stroll along this bustling promenade and immerse yourself in the local culture while savouring the flavours of Galapagos cuisine.

Santa Cruz Island serves as a gateway to the wider wonders of the Galapagos. Day trips and cruises depart regularly from Puerto Ayora, allowing visitors to explore neighbouring islands and their distinctive ecosystems, from the otherworldly landscapes of Bartolome Island to the prolific birdlife of North Seymour.

Visiting Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos is a trip to remember. Whether you're captivated by the majestic giant tortoises, yearning for underwater adventures, or simply seeking to unwind in a tropical paradise, Santa Cruz Island offers an unforgettable experience. Join us on a remarkable adventure to this ecological wonder and let Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos leave an indelible mark on your heart.

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