Highlights and main attractions of Espanola Island
The Galapagos’ most southern island, named Hood Island by the English, is considered, alongside Santa Fe, as one of the oldest of the Galapagos Islands at 4 million years of age. Here the sheer variety and amount of wildlife is almost overwhelming, the star of the show being the endemic Waved Albatross. This island one of only two places in the world where these intriguing birds nest.
After a successful program to remove feral species, Espanola Island is now considered to be the most pristine of the islands with many species of migrant and endemic birds. Endemic species include a rather colourful marine iguana, the Hood mockingbird and a special little lava lizard, all repatriated as a result of a breeding program by the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galapagos National Park.
If you are lucky, you could even watch the winged albatross ‘fencing’ courtship ritual.