Santa Cruz Island
Sea lions resting on the beach

Santa Cruz Island

Home to the largest town in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora, the Island has a large variety of vegetation. Pit craters, Scalesia forest, cacti and ferns are found in its vegetation zones. The island is comprised of a younger part formed by volcanic cones and lava and an older narrow strip of land formed by uplifted lava flows and tuffs.

Fast Facts: Visitor sites*:
  1. Santa Cruz is the only island with six different vegetation zones.
  2. Animals: Giant tortoises, land and marine iguanas, variety of birds
  3. Area: 380 sq. mi
  4. Highest Point: 2,834 ft

*Note that not all the cruises visiting this island include all the listed points.