PINZON (DUNCAN)

Pinzon is the twelfth biggest island in the Galapagos. It is a majestic rock formation covering 7 square miles (18 square kilometers) and rises to 1,502 feet (458 meters). Its official name comes from the two brothers who captained Colombus' ships, the Pinta and Niña. The English called it Duncan after a naval admiral.

Pinzon marks the geographical center of the Galapagos Islands so it is surprising that none of the Galapagos' two main tree species grow on the island. A unique species of the daisy tree (Scalesia sp.) can be found in the humid zone. Pinzon supports its own unique race of Galapagos Tortoise, which appears to be in good shape despite predation of hatchlings by rats preventing growth of the population. Reintroduction of young tortoises from the breeding program at the Charles Darwin Research Station has resulted in restoration of breeding there and hopefully the continuation of the tortoise for the indefinite future.

Pinzon - Duncan
   
General Information  
Area : 7 square miles (18 square kilometers
Maximum Altitude : 1,502 feet (458 meters)
Population : 0
Geographic Features : Calderas with hot lava, coral beaches, natural step formations.
Getting There : Tour
Getting Around : No visitors allowed on the island.
Major Sites : None - the island is off-limits.
Observations :  
Flora : Croton Bushes, Lava Cactus, Palo Santo, Muyuyo forest, Salt Brush.
Fauna : Boobies, Frigates, Storm Petrels, Tropic Birds, Sea Lions, Hammerhead Sharks, Short-eared Owls.
Activities : Snorkeling, scuba diving, tours around the island (land is off limits).