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Espanola Island, Galapagos

The southernmost island in the Galapagos, Espanola Island features dramatic cliffs, lively nesting sites, and a famous blowhole formed by volcanic rock. Formed by underwater lava that had risen above the surface, years of erosion makes for flat plateaus and striking cliffs. Inhabitants include the large cactus finch, the warbler finch, sea lions, and the waved albatross.

Suarez Point – Huge cliffs flank Suarez Point on Espanola Island, where waved albatrosses overlook the famous blowhole from their perch. Blue-footed boobies and Nazca boobies inhabit the visitor site as well, and marine iguanas and sea lions lounge in the sun. The blowhole itself is marvelous, shooting seawater and vapor through a gap in the rock to heights of 75 feet. Three kinds of Darwin finches, the large cactus, the small ground, and the tiny warbler, call Suarez Point home.

Gardner Bay – Over a mile long, Gardner Bay is one of the largest beaches in the Galapagos, stretching alongside the northeast corner of Espanola Island. With dazzling white sand made of tiny grains of coral, the shoreline is accentuated by sleeping sea lions and turtles. Visitors can also spot Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and the elegant wandering tattler.