This beautiful island is home to many different species. Almost all species that can be found in the Galapagos can be observed on Santa Cruz. You can find many finches playing around you while waking on the trails or even visit the giant tortoises in their natural habitat.
Its surface is 986 square km. The largest town on this island is Puerto Ayora with a population of 12 000 inhabitants, which makes it the most populated island in the Galapagos. The highest point on this island is Cerro Crocker at 864m of altitude.
One can find all vegetation zones in this island, from the coast border to the top of Crocker. It is noticeable that the windward side is more humid and diversified than the leeward side, which is very dry. This is due to the dominant wind being the southeast trade winds and that the light rain mainly falls on that side of the island.
Puerto Ayora is the center of all commercial and the tourist transactions in the whole archipelago. It has the most incoming air traffic of the two airports. Many of the cruises and tours start from here.
Another reason is that it is conveniently located in the middle of all of the islands. This means that you can go anywhere from here. You can either visit sites in the island or make day trips to the surrounding islands.
A visit to Santa Cruz won’t be complete if you don’t visit the best rated beach in South America Tortuga Bay. Also, while you are visiting you can’t miss the Charles Darwin foundation, the German beach and Las Grietas. Don’t forget to visit the highlands, where you can find the giant tortoise in its natural habitat.