Santa Fe Galapagos Ecuador

Santa Fe Island Galapagos

Santa Fe Island is one of the oldest islands in the archipelago with some volcanic rocks over 4 million years old. Santa Fe is also home to the Barrington Land Iguana, a unique species endemic only to this island. Wander the beach with countless sea lions and hike through Opuntia Cactus trees looking for the Barrington Iguana.


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The Santa Fe Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus pallidus) is exclusively native to Santa Fe Island and is one of two species of lizard in the genus Conolophus, in the Iguanidae family. The Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS, operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation) runs an iguana breeding center in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, in the Galápagos archipelago, Ecuador, South America. The Santa Fe Galapagos Land Iguana is colored yellowish orange beneath a brownish-red back and tail. The Galapagos Land Iguana (genus Conolophus) is endemic to the Galápagos Islands, primarily the islands of Fernandina, Isabela, Santa Cruz, North Seymour, Hood and South Plaza.

Galápagos prickly pears (Opuntia echios), Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America