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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.

Traveling to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu was a dream vacation for my wife. After much research we booked our trip through Andean Discovery. We are so glad we did. Everything went smoothly and our personal guides in Ecuador and Peru were wonderful. I would highly recommend Andean Discovery to anyone thinking of taking a similar trip.
Arnold Miniman
Arnold Miniman
15:29 14 Dec 18
Thanks to Andean our vacation was a wonderful experience for our entire family of 15 (8 adults and 7 grand kids aged 16 to 9).. The planning for the trip to the Galapagos was well researched; the hotels, guides and itinerary were spot on. They answered our many questions before we departed and there NO disappointments during the vacation. It was the most memorable trip our family has taken.
Mary Ann Fuller
Mary Ann Fuller
18:00 22 Jan 19
Damon put together the perfect itinerary for our group of 7 - including grandparents. His knowledge of the region is superb, which is why he is able to create the ultimate trip for your family. From whitewater rafting in Peru to zip-lining in Ecuador, we truly had the trip of a lifetime! I wouldn't go with anyone else!
Carolyn Malloy
Carolyn Malloy
12:40 31 Jan 19
Our trip was fantastic and Micaela with Andean Discovery was great! Every detail was taken care of ahead of time. We just showed up and enjoyed the beauty of South America. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
marc abrams
marc abrams
23:33 23 Nov 18
We traveled with our family of 3 people. Andean did a wonderful job helping us select an itinerary that was able to accommodate our various ages. We had no glitches in a fairly complicated itinerary and everything came off as planned. Our local guide in Quito Johanna was terrific. I can't recommend Sacha Lodge more highly. Our experience in Galapagos on the Coral 1 was magical. While the crew of the Coral 1 could have been more charming and smiled on occasion they were helpful, the food was very good and the rooms were kept clean. I have no reservations in recommending Andean Discovery for your South American Holiday
Victor Elinoff
Victor Elinoff
23:26 07 Jan 19
My family toured the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu in Peru with Andean Discovery guides and reservations. We had a fabulous adventure! I recommend highly that "superior lodging" be chosen as an option for the best possible room accommodations. The marvelous comfort of the fine hotels Andean booked for us made all the difference.
Kathryn Fulhorst
Kathryn Fulhorst
21:36 08 Jan 19