Island Floreana

Post office bay

This site is home to a wooden barrel, historically placed there in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship.  Ever since this time the barrel has been used by mariners and tourists as a sort of postal service.  Whalers and Galapagos residents used to leave their mail inside it, waiting for the captain of any boat headed to where the mail was addressed to deliver it… why not try it out t o see if it still works?  What´s more, apart from being the location of the Post Office Barrel, this site was also the landing area for some of the first colonists to the Galapagos Islands.

Punta Cormorant

This site offers one of the la rgest and best flamingo lagoons in the Galapagos. It is situated between two tuff cones, giving the area its special atmosphere. Aside from the flamingos, various species of shorebirds can be seen the most common being stilts, white-checked p intail ducks and other migratory birds. This is a unique zone due to the hu ge amount of endemic plant life. It is also very interesting to observe the two distinct beaches: the “gre en sand beach (due to high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour sand beach” made up of coral.