Santa Fe (Galapagos)
Santa Fe is a small island, but has an interesting cactus forest and range of birds. As it's close to Santa Cruz, it can get quite a few people on day trips.
See the Galapagos wildlife page for information on the flora and fauna of the islands.
A wet landing on a sea lion covered beach leads to two different trails.
One of the trails leads through an Opuntia cactus forest where you can see Yellow Warblers, Galapagos Mockingbirds, Galapagos Doves, Lava Lizards and of course some Darwin Finches.
The highlight of visiting Santa Fe is to see the endemic chocolate brown Santa Fe Land Iguana.
Be aware that some of the tours offered to Santa Fe are strictly snorkelling tours and you will not set foot on Santa Fe island itself. The beach you visit is actually on Santa Cruz. Check with your tour operator before booking.
There is some great snorkeling off Santa Fe. Typically a tour takes in two snorkel sites, the first is in front of a rocky cliff with a rocky bottom. Teeming with fish life, there are huge schools here and you may also see some marine iguanas feeding underwater if you are lucky. The second site is a protected cove with a large number of playful sealions and a resident giant turtle. Small rays can also be seen here. The visibility is generally very good at Santa Fe.
The closest islands to Santa Fe are: