Floreana (Charles)

In 1832 the Galapagos were officially claimed by Ecuador and "Charles" Island was renamed Floreana, after the first president of Ecuador.

It is best known for its colourful history of buccaneers, pirates, whalers, convicts, and colonists. In 1793 the Post Office barrel was established by British whalers to send letters to and from England. This tradition has continued over the years, and even today visitors may drop off and pick up letters, without stamps, to be carried to far destinations.Leave your postcard in the barrel and see how long it takes to be delivered!. Close to Post Office Bay is the place where the first families arrived to live in the Galapagos - your guide will explain the history and mystery of this story. Recommended sites are Punta Cormorant and Devils Crown:-

Punta Cormorant: The sand of the landing beach contains a large proportion of fine olivine crystals, a glassy volcanic mineral, giving the beach its olive-green colour. Here you can see sea lions. 

See also one of the probably best flamingo lagoons before you finally come onto a white beach, whose sand is as fine as talcum powder. Formed by the erosion of coral skeletons, it is a nesting site for green sea turtles. A good chance to see rays, sea turtles and crabs.

Around the lagoon it is also possible to see a variety of shore birds, pintails, stilts, and other wading birds, as well as numerous and unique species of plants.

Devils Crown: a marine site located a short distance from the island. It is an old eroded volcanic cone and a popular roosting site for seabirds such as boobies, pelicans, and frigates. Red-billed tropicbirds nest in rocky crevices. The centre of the cone is an outstanding snorkelling spot full of sea lions and colourful fish.

Stories tell that the first colonist of the Galapagos, an Irishman named Patrick Watkins, was stranded on Floreana in 1807 and lived by selling food supplies to visiting whaling ships.