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Floreana Island, Galapagos


Named for the first president of Ecuador, Juan Jose Flores, Floreana has a unique human history to accompany the natural intrigue of its coral reefs. A stopover point for 19th century whalers, Floreana had the archipelago’s first “post office” long before the other islands had human developments. After several pioneering European families settled here in the 1930s, the island became infamous due to a string of mysterious disappearances.

Post Office Bay – This bay in on the northwestern tip of Isla Floreana pays tribute to an old island tradition. Whalers stopping off on the island in the 19th-century developed a system in which they would drop off letters and postcards in a wooden barrel. If they noticed a letter addressed to somewhere they were headed, they’d pick it up and deliver it on their way. The first “post office” in the Galapagos, this system still exists today. In keeping with tradition, visitors can drop off and pick up mail while enjoying this serene beach.

Devil’s Crown – An underwater volcanic crater with a crown-like outcropping, Devil’s Crown is a hotbed for marine and avian wildlife on Isla Floreana’s northeastern corner. Below the surface, a coral reef attracts stingrays, sea turtles, and tropical fish like king angel fish, yellowtail surgeonfish, and needlefish. The visitor site is considered one of the best places to snorkel in the Galapagos. Above water, boobies and pelicans roost on the volcanic rock.

Cormorant Point – Clear waters and coral reefs make for excellent snorkeling at Cormorant Point, and a peaceful lagoon hosts pink flamingos, common stilts, and white-cheeked pintails. The uniquely colored “Green Beach” is known for its olivine crystals, making for a surreal and colorful seaside visit.

Baroness Viewing Point – This inland preserve on Isla Floreana features a hike up to the point where a 1930s Austrian baroness lived before her mysterious disappearance. The trails offer an opportunity to experience the interior of Isla Floreana and enjoy view that extend out to the sea.

Champion Islet – This small islet off the northeast corner of Isla Floreana is off limits to visitors, but a panga ride and a snorkel around it affords opportunities to see Galapagos penguins, sea lions, Nazca boobies, and sea turtles. It’s also one of the only places in the world to see Charles (Floreana) mockingbirds, which have disappeared from Isla Floreana.

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