Santa Fe is the eigth biggest island of the Galapagos. It covers a total area of 9.3 square miles (24 square kilometers) and rises to 850 feet (259 meters). Santa Fe's namesake is a city in Spain. It is also (rarely) called Barrington, named by the English after Admiral Samuel Barrington. The island is an extinct single volcano.
Santa Fe is notable for the size of its Giant Prickly Pear Cactus which are truly the size of trees, reaching over 20 feet high. These are the largest giant cactus in the Galapagos. The biggest specimen fell down in 2000, victim of the El Niño whose heavy rainfall weakened the trunk. Also notable are the Santa Fe Land Iguanas, found nowhere else in the world, which are much bigger than elsewhere in the Galapagos. They are also colored khaki brown, like army camouflage, so that one particularly large individual acquired a nickname: "The General".
Santa Fe is a great place for snorkeling. The waters in the cove are a radiant green where you can see Sea Turtles gracefully swimming by. There's also a big colony of Sea Lions - something you'll never tire of seeing in the Galapagos.
|Area:||9.3 square miles (24 square kilometers)|
|Maximum Altitude:||850 feet (259 meters)|
|Getting There:||Private tour|
|Observations:||Wet landing, strenuous hike|
|Flora:||Giant cactus, Opuntia cactus, Salt brush, Thorn scrub.|
|Fauna:||Frigates, Galapagos Hawks, Land Iguanas, Manta Rays, Sea Lions.|
|Activities:||Hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, bird watching, tours.|