Espanola Port is located in the oldest island of Española in the southern part of Galapagos group of islands in Ecuador. The island is also known as Hood, being named after Viscount Samuel Hood. The 23 square mile island is the home of the colorful Espanola marine iguanas, Espanola mockingbird, waved albatross, giant lava lizards and a number of common species.
Public transportation is accessible to visitors of the Espanola cruise port. Hiking or boat rides are the usual means of going around and enjoying the sights of this beautiful island.
Shopping in Espanola Port is limited to the basic necessities of a grocery, pharmacy, food and supplies. There are a few who sell souvenir and gift items. However, Espanola cruise port visitors should be cautious when buying souvenir which are made from local natural resources because such items are forbidden by government authorities to be sold to the public. On your cruise to the nearby islands such as Santa Cruz and Isabela, the towns of Puerto Ayora and Puerto Villamil have a selection of items to delight you. Meanwhile in the island’s capital of Puerto Baquerizo the best tasting Galapagos coffee can be purchased. Aside from this, the capital also offers a selection of art works of the local artists which may be good additions to your collection of travel mementos.
Things to See
Similar to the rest of the Galapagos Islands, Espanola port of call amazes visitors. This secluded location is a 10 to 12 hour boat ride from the island of Santa Cruz; this adds to the mystique of this picturesque island. Tourists and researchers alike enjoy the sight of the exquisite mating dances of blue footed boobies and the color changes of the marine iguanas during breeding season. Espanola port’s steep cliffs are launch pads for the waved albatross as they begin their hunts for fish.
The following sites epitomize the beauty that is distinctly Espanola and are highly recommended to cruise ship visitors. The first is Gardner Bay; its beautiful white sand beaches are perfect for swimming. Additionally, it gives visitors a firsthand experience with sea lions, sea turtles and mocking birds. Land iguanas can also be seen as visitors take a stroll. The Tortuga Rock is in a further area of the bay. It is the perfect site for snorkeling; visitors will see large schools of colorful tropical fish including yellow tailed surgeon fish, angel fish and bump head parrot fish. Mantra rays and white tipped sharks appear once in a while to the delight of some and trepidation of others.
The second must see is Punta Suarez. It is a 1.24 miles trail which leads to the beach. It is a bird sanctuary to Hood mockingbirds, blue and red footed boobies, nazca boobies, Galapagos hawks and waved albatross. Tourists are advised to be careful in traversing the trail since some cliffs have blow holes; these are used as residences for masked and blue footed boobies. Large cactus finch can also be seen along the trail. Sea lions and the colorful marine iguanas are abundant along the shoreline.
Restaurant and Bars
Rice, beans and meat are the staple of Espanola port’s cuisine. There are a number of restaurants on the island; many of them are small places that serve the typical island’s usual soup, rice and chicken or meat. The bakery serves delicious pastry using a traditional recipe. In the capital of Puerto Baquerizo, Espanola cruise terminal visitors can enjoy burgers, sandwiches and pizzas as well as sumptuous seafood and delicious dessert.