Description of Fernandina Island
Fernandina Island is one of the youngest islands of the Galapagos, located at the western end of the archipelago. It is also one of the most volcanic, with the volcano La Cumbre being the highest point of the island, reaching an altitude of 4.840 feet. Fernandina Island is often considered one of the most virgin and wildest island of the Galapagos archipelago, as it has never been colonized by humans. It is also known for its unique natural environment, with vast areas of black lava and volcanic rock formations that have been sculpted by time and the elements. The fauna of Fernandina Island is also remarkable, with many endemic animals and species unique to the Galapagos. Marine iguanas are particularly abundant on the island, and it is also possible to see land iguanas, crabs, sea lions, penguins and giant Galapagos tortoises. The black sand beaches of Fernandina Island are also an important breeding ground for sea turtles, and it is possible to observe these giant reptiles laying their eggs on the sand.
Some of the most popular visits to Fernandina Island
- Punta Espinosa: Located on the northwest coast of the island, Punta Espinosa is an important breeding ground for marine iguanas and sea turtles. Visitors can observe these animals in their natural habitat, as well as sea lions, crabs and sea birds. - La Cumbre: The hike to the top of La Cumbre volcano is an unforgettable experience for visitors seeking adventure. From the top, one can enjoy a breath-taking view of Fernandina Island and the neighboring Galapagos Islands. - Punta Mangle: This secluded bay is a great place to see reef sharks, manta rays, sea turtles and marine iguanas.