There is no better way to enjoy the first full day of our expedition than by visiting one of the most stunning islands of the Galápagos: Española. Located in the southeast, it endures the force of both the South Equatorial Current and the trade winds, particularly at this time of the year. Española is one of the oldest islands and thus has a high rate of endemic species. There are just two visitor sites on the island, Gardner Bay and Punta Suárez, which means most of its area is off-limits to humans, remaining totally protected.
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Española is the oldest of the Galapagos Islands. It sits on the southeastern end of the archipelago. The Galapagos are volcanic islands that formed over a geological “hot spot.” As the tectonic Nazca Plate slides to the southeast over the volcano-producing area, new islands emerge. This means that the islands towards the northwest are the youngest and the ones on the opposite end are the oldest.