Islands of the Galapagos

Baltra - Used as a military base during WWII, and currently site of the primary airport in the Galapagos, Baltra has a desert-like climate due to its location; the Santa Cruz highlands block the moisture from the southerly winds.

Bartolome - Boasting one the most dramatic viewpoints representing the Galapagos, Bartolome is a notably volcanic island. Relatively young in age, the landscape has not begun producing much vegetation, but is perfect for understanding the geological variations in the volcanic rock. The Galapagos penguin and the green turtle are two of Bartolome\'s commonly seen residents.

Espanola - Partially due its unique cliffs, ideal for novice pilots, Espanola is the only nesting ground for the waved albatross, and consequently the best island for observing them. One of the more remote islands, Espanola is privileged with a rich diversity of native wildlife.

Fernandina - The youngest island in the group, Fernandina has been volcanically active as recent as 2005. Galapagos fur seals, sea lions, and penguins all visit the island, as well as the popular flightless cormorant.

Floreana - Famous for its Post Office Bay, a site utilized by passing whalers to restock and drop letters, Floreana has a rich history. The most notable wildlife are flamingos and green sea turtles, and an interesting geological site is the Devil\'s Crown, an underwater volcanic cone.

Genovesa - Abundant with such bird life as frigate birds and red-footed boobies, the island is actually the above water portion of a submerged caldera.

Isabela - The largest island and the only one to have the equator pass right through it, Isabela was formed by the merging of distinct volcanoes. Views from its volcanic summits are impressive and a wide range of life abounds; Galapagos tortoises, land iguanas, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and Galapagos hawks.

North Seymour - One of the best places to view blue-footed boobies and frigate birds in general due to their healthy populations, North Seymour is particularly popular in May when the blue-footed boobies start the famous courtship dance.

San Cristobal - Home to the second airport and the capital of the Galapagos, San Cristobal also boasts the largest freshwater lake out of the islands.

Santa Cruz - With the largest human population in the islands, Santa Cruz is where the conflict of development and conservation is most visible and comes to a head. The island's vegetation-rich highland area is popular with wild giant tortoises.

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