Description of Floreana Island
Floreana Island is considered one of the most historic islands in the Galapagos, as it has been the site of many notable events, such as unsuccessful colonization experiments, mysteries, and legendary love stories! In 1929, an eccentric German baroness named Eloise von Wagner Bosquet arrived on Floreana Island with her companion, a so-called Austrian doctor named Philippson. They proclaim themselves lords of the island and attempt to build an estate to live on, but have little success. They are soon joined by other adventurers, including a Swiss couple named Rudolf and Dore Strauch. Rudolf falls in love with the baroness, but she does not share his feelings. Philippson became jealous and began to threaten Rudolf. Then, in 1932, the baroness mysteriously disappears. Philippson pretends that she has gone on a scientific expedition, but it is soon discovered that she has been murdered. The exact circumstances of her death remain unclear, but Rudolf and Dore Strauch are suspected of being involved. Soon after, Philippson also disappears, and the Strauchs leave the island soon after. The story of the Baroness of Wagner remains an unsolved mystery, but it has inspired many books and documentaries about the mysteries of the Galapagos! Floreana Island is also known for its rich natural and cultural history, with cultural heritage sites, pristine beaches, lagoons and mountains. Visitors can enjoy a range of outdoor activities including hiking, snorkeling and swimming. It is home to a variety of animal species, some of which are endemic to the Galapagos. Marine iguanas, giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies are some of the most common species that can be seen on the island. Visitors can also observe local flora species, such as cacti, fig trees and orchids.
Some of the most popular attractions on Floreana Island
- Post Office Bay: The famous Post Office barrel is a symbol of the island's History. Sailors would drop their letters in the barrel and pick up those addressed to their destination, creating a unique mail system! - Cormorant point: Located on the northeast coast of the island, Cormorant point or Punta Cormorant is famous for its olive-green sand beach and lagoon that is home to a variety of birds and turtles. - Asilo de la Paz (peace haven): Asilo de la Paz is an important historical site that was built by the first settlers who tried to settle on the island. Visitors can explore the ruins of the asylum and learn more about the island's first inhabitants. - La Loberia: La Loberia is a popular surface dive site that is home to a large sea lion population. Visitors can observe these animals swimming and playing in the water. - Devil's Crown: Devil's Crown is a crown-shaped underwater crater located just off Floreana Island. This attraction is popular with scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, as it is home to an abundance of diverse marine life, including sharks, rays, sea turtles, schools of colorful fish, and many species of coral.