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Best 2 of 3 day trips? Floreana, North Seymour, or Santa Fe

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Best 2 of 3 day trips? Floreana, North Seymour, or Santa Fe

I already have the rest of my 8 night trip planned and am adding 3 days on Santa Cruz which will allow for 2 days trips out of the 3 options I mentioned. What 2 would you suggest as the best? We are already staying on Isabella & San Cristobal, and taking day trips to Bartolome, and South Plazas from Santa Cruz.

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1. Re: Best 2 of 3 day trips? Floreana, North Seymour, or Santa Fe

The day trip to Floreana doesn't go to the same well-known spots that naturalist cruises go to (Post Office Bay, Punta Cormorán, snorkeling at the marvelous Devil's Crown). Instead, you spend more time in the settled area of the island. If you are really keen for human history, you might find it interesting. But if wildlife is what you crave, I'd choose the other 2 (N. Seymour and Santa Fé) N. Seymour has a good breeding colony of sea birds (e.g., Magnificent & Great Frigatebirds, Blue-footed Boobies) that you wander through; Santa Fé has a unique species of Land Iguana, if that's interesting to you.

Day trips don't go to each of these islands every day, though. So you may be limited to what's available--and not full--when you're there.

Tina

trip reports (and much more) at http://galapagos2009.wordpress.com/

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2. Re: Best 2 of 3 day trips? Floreana, North Seymour, or Santa Fe

>>The day trip to Floreana doesn't go to the same well-known spots that naturalist cruises go to (Post Office Bay, Punta Cormorán, ...

A little Galápagos trivia here: there's no such place as Punta Cormorán on Isla Floreana. It's actually Punta CormorANT -- named not after un pájaro en español, but after a British ship -- HMS Cormorant. Needless to say, there are no cormorants here; not now, not ever, never<g>.

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3. Re: Best 2 of 3 day trips? Floreana, North Seymour, or Santa Fe

If you are a keen birdwatcher then Floreana is the only place in the world you can see the endangered medium tree finch. If not, you may want to skip the island as there is little else unique there from a wildlife point of view. It does have some human history interest and a solar power station.

North seymour is an excellent place to see frigate birds on land. Santa Fe has the unique species of land iguana. Do check that the tour to Santa Fe lands on the island as there are some snorkel only tours. It might also be a question of whats available on your free days.

Dave Peters

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