Santa Fe (Barrington)

Visits to Santa Fe begin with a panga ride across the lovely turquoise lagoon. Once ashore there are two trails starting from the same point, offering very different experiences.

Home to one of the most beautiful coves in all the Galapagos, Santa Fe is located in the southeastern part of Galapagos, 2 1/2 hours from Santa Cruz and 3 hours from San Cristobal.

The small bay on Santa Fe's northern coast provides one of the most picturesque anchorages within the archipelago. Its beauty is best appreciated from the trail, which climbs the fault cliff overlooking the southern half of the bay. This trail eventually leads to a place where you can best see the few remaining large land iguanas that are endemic to this island.The second trail is ashort walk from thebeach to anunusually tallforest of prickly pear cactus.

The two beaches are sleeping grounds for sea lions. Near the small island at the entrance of the bay, snorkelling the crystal clear and shallow waters also can be rewarding. Santa Fe is certainly one of the best locations for swimming with sea lions and for a glimpse of the Galápagos white-tipped shark and sea turtles