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Santa Cruz Island Travel Guide

Overview

Located in the centre of the archipelago, Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos. The island has a long history of human settlement and it’s main coastal city Puerto Ayora is the most populated urban centre in the islands. The interior of the island is dominated by farmland and mist covered highlands where giant tortoises can be seen in the wild. Another popular site is the twin volcanic craters surrounded by scalesia forest. The active Charles Darwin Research Station is also located on Santa Cruz along with a handful of good beaches and other sites.

Top Experiences for Santa Cruz Island

Below is a short list of the top experiences and highlights of Santa Cruz Island.

Learn about conservation at the Charles Darwin Research Centre

White sand beaches at Tortuga Bay

Try the fresh seafood in Puerto Ayora, a bustling seaside town

Los Gemelos, the twin volcanic craters

Underground Lava Tubes in Bellavista

Other Galapagos Islands

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The Inhabited Islands

Santa Cruz

San Cristóbal

Isabela

Floreana

The Uninhabited Islands

Baltra

Bartolomé

Chinese Hat

The Daphnes

Darwin

Española

Fernandina

Genovesa

Marchena

North Seymour

Pinta

Pinzón

Santa Fé

Santiago

Wolf

South Plaza

Learn more about the Galapagos

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