Galapagos Islands Spanish School Activities

galapagos islands activitiesThere are many places to explore either after Spanish class, or on your weekend excursions.
From the Galapagos Islands Spanish School in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island you can easily explore the following places in an afternoon:

Charles Darwin Research Centre
Home to Lonesome George (the famous 100 year old tortoise). He is the last remaining Giant Tortoise of his sub species left anywhere ion the world.  But don’t worry; there are hundreds of other Tortoises wandering around as well!  At the Charles Darwin station you can learn about the Galapagos archipelago itself in its interactive museum as well as looking at what conservation projects currently being done, especially relating to the preservation of the giant tortoise in the wild.

Bachas Beach
This very beautiful beach is made of decomposed coral from millions of year. The result is a sensuous white soft sand. Bachas beach is also a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. For many months of the year you can see them there. Its also a great chill out spot!  Behind the beaches there is a small lagoon, where it is often possible occasionally it is possible to observe flamingos or other coastal birds e.g. black-necked stilts and wimbrels.

Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
Consisting of four bio-diverse zones the Highlands are a nature lovers dream. The Highlands are the place to go to check out the real diversity of fauna on the island. It is often possible to see giant tortoises here in their natural habitat.

Tortuga Bay
This is a spot with much to offer. Tortuga Bay is named after the sea turtles that go there to lay their eggs. It is an excellent area for snorkeling and swimming amongst the turtles, and iguanas. The path to the bay is also great for bird watching. There are several finch species as well as pelicans, flamingos and marine iguanas. The sunsets are spectacular.

 


Day or weekend excursions to other islands that we offer in our programs.

Bartolome Island
Bartolome island offers much diversity and is only a short boat trip from Santa Cruz. There are three visitor areas. The first is a wooden walk way to the summit of Bartolome, and from here you have excellent vistas over the ocean and the other islands. You will able to observe the famous Pinnacle Rock, variety of volcanic formations, tuff cones, lava flows and lava tubes. This moon-like landscape provides one of the best panorama views of the entire Galapagos archipelago. The second visitor site an incredible beach beside Pinnacle rock where you can swim and snorkel among penguins, sea lions, multi colored fish and the occasional sea turtle. The third site is on the other side of this beach. Here is a beautiful white sanded beach where you can see numerous reef sharks gather in the shallow waters right at the shore.

Plaza Islands
These are two very small islands off the East Coast of Santa Cruz. This one of the only places where the myriad land iguanas can be found. Endemic to Galapagos, they are found in the shade or climbing on a great cactus. Also you will see sea lions, frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds and brown pelicans.
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North Seymour
This is a low, flat island, formed from submarine lava flows contains the largest colony of magnificent frigate birds on the Galapagos islands. It is also the location for the frigate bird mating. This is a fantastic view, with the males puffing their red chests into what looks like an inflated balloon. With this dramatic display they try to attract the female to mate and breed. North Seymour also has a very large population of blue-footed boobies. These perform an amusing courtship dance. Their goofy stride while raising their blue feet high feet in slow motion, as they spread their wings, whistle and honk; is one of the highlight of this all the Galapagos island.