Rabida Island

A strikingly beautiful red landscape, produced by high iron content and quick oxidation, gives this island the nickname “mars on earth".

After disembarking on a red sand beach where it is possible to see the millennia-old lava fields, a trail surrounded by Palo Santo trees (Holy Stick) and the endemic species of prickly pear cactus of the island leads to cliffs used by blue-footed boobies to perch while resting between dives. Rabida is also a great place for observing the different bird species of the archipelago, as it usual to find some of the rarest avian species of the Galapagos, including nine varieties of finches, Galapagos hawks, brown pelicans and large-billed flycatchers.

Rabida is also home to pelicans, marine iguanas, and the ever-present sea lions. The visit to this island ends with some snorkeling on the shores, where, with a little bit of luck, is possible to encounter Galapagos penguins.