Santa Cruz Highlands

Santa Cruz Highlands – Santa Cruz Island

The Highlands of Santa Cruz island are probably the most visited area in the Galapagos due to their easy access and because this visit is included in virtually every Galapagos itinerary. This area is shared between some private properties and the Galapagos National park, and it concentrates vast extensions of Escalesia and Miconia forests. The giant Tortoises of Santa Cruz Island are on a constant migration from the fertile highlands to the drier seashores, making this the area that offers the best chance in the archipelago to observe this iconic animal in their natural habitat. Besides the imposing vegetation and the tortoises, the Highlands are a great spot to watch other bird species, as the vermillion flycatcher and the short ear owl.