SANTA CRUZ (Indefatigable)
Santa Cruz is the island with the largest population in the Galapagos. It is also the second largest island in the archipelago. It has a long history of human settlements since World War I and World War II. Even though it is a populated island, most of its surface is still protected by the Galapagos National Park. Puerto Ayora located in the south of the island is the largest city in the Galapagos with 12.000 inhabitants, there are also two small towns Bellavista and Santa Rosa. Santa Cruz humid highlands are ideal for farming and agriculture.
Situated at the center of the archipelago and at only one hour from the Baltra airport Santa Cruz is the main hub for tourist visiting the Galapagos. This island has many visitor sites and tourism facilities, hotels, restaurants, shops. The harbor in Puerto Ayora connects visitors to the different inhabited islands with ferry services to Isabela, San Cristobal and Floreana.
Highlights and Wildlife: Charles Darwin station, giant tortoises, sea lions, sea birds. Several visitors sites.
Landing: Dry landing
Activities: Hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, cycling, diving, swimming.
Total Area: 986 km2 / 381 mi2
Population: 15.700 people