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Just across the Bolivar Channel from Isabela Island, Fernandina is the westernmost island in the archipelago and therefore the youngest. It's difficult to say which is he most remarkable characteristic of this island -- it's geological features as an active cone-shaped volcano, or is its hearty inhabitants. Land mammals have never been introduced to Fernandina, and reptiles like marine iguanas, land birds like the Galapagos Hawk, and playful sea lions dominate the lava rock landscape and coastline. Watching over the island is the caldera of La Cumbre Volcano, a particularly active volcano throughout the 20th century, with its most recent eruption in just 2005.

Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island

The lone visitor site on this island, and raved to be one of the most spectacular in all of the Galapagos, is Punta Espinoza, where you can get a close up look at marine iguanas, sea lions, nesting flightless cormorants, and if you're lucky, Galapagos penguins, and hawks. The Galapagos cormorants are notable as the only species of cormorants that have lost the ability to fly in exchange for an evolutionary advantage at diving, at which they are experts. Galapagos Penguins are the only penguins to live close to, and even north of the Equator. 

In a small inlet off the shores of Fernandina’s coast is Mangle Point. Here, you will delight in the opportunity to snorkel among gracefully diving penguins and the playful sea lions. Although there is no landing, this site does offer breathtaking views of the island.

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