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Santa Cruz Island Travel Guide


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

Click the links below to continue exploring the different islands and visitor sites of the Galapagos.

The Inhabited Islands

Santa Cruz

San Cristóbal



The Uninhabited Islands



Chinese Hat

The Daphnes






North Seymour



Santa Fé



South Plaza

Learn more about the Galapagos

Click the links below to continue exploring the Galapagos with our tours, collection of luxury hotels, cruises, yachts and expedition ships.

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