Top Places to Visit in the Galapagos – Fernandina

March 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Marine Iguanas at Fernandina

Our #4 choice for best places to visit in the Galapagos is the Island of Fernandina.  The westernmost and youngest of all the islands, in geological terms Fernandina best represents the early life cycles of an island.

A remote island located to the far west of the archipelago, Fernandina can only be visited during a Galapagos Cruise.  La Cumbre Volcano on Fernandina is still active most recently erupting in 2009 – the volcano produces the lava that gives the island is stark appearance with its mostly rocky surface.  Pioneer plants like mangroves and lava cactus are some of the few plants that are found in the moon-like surface.  Fernandina provides a fascinating contrast to older islands in the archipelago like Esapnola or Floreana.

Fernandina is the only island, which has no introduced mammals.  Thanks to the lack of introduced species Fernandina is home to some of the most interesting endemic wildlife in the Galapagos including large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, among others.

For its unique environment rich endemic wildlife Fernandina is our #4 choice for best places to visit in the Galapagos.

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