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Punta Cormorant - Floreana Visitor Site

“Cormorant Point” is poorly-named, as there are no cormorants to be seen here. The other wildlife more than makes up for it, however.

After a wet landing on a beach, visitors hike along a small trail over to the other side of the island. Along the way, there is a brackish lagoon where flamingos feed and nest: there are a couple of good outlook points. Keep an eye on the vegetation: you may see some wasp traps set out by the park service, as Punta Cormorant is a targeted area for getting rid of these introduced pests. The park advises visitors not to wear bright colors or use fragrant lotions or sunscreens, as these will attract the wasps, which sting.

On the other side of the island is a wide beach with a gentle surf, great for a leisurely barefoot stroll. Keep an eye on the water and you may see rays, turtles, or sharks. Obey the signs to stay out of the area where sea turtles lay their eggs.

Between the two beaches and the shallow lagoon, Punta Cormorant is one of the best places in the islands to see wading birds such as whimbrels, herons, stilts, pintail ducks, etc.

The beach where the zodiacs land is special: it gets its distinctive greenish color from olivine minerals only found in certain parts of Galapagos.

Hiking difficulty: 2/5 Getting up to the lookouts over the lagoon can be a bit of a scramble. Otherwise, the trail is short, quick and easy.

Highly Probable to see:

  • Hermit Crabs
  • Flamingoes
  • Sally Lightfoot crabs
  • Sea Lions

 

 

Probable to see:

  • stingrays (in the surf)
  • sally lightfoot crabs
  • yellow warbler
  • Galapagos flycatcher
  • Darwin Finches
  • Marine Iguanas
  • Floreana Lava Lizard

 

Possible to see:

  • brown pelican
  • white-tipped reef sharks
  • golden cownose rays
  • spotted eagle rays
  • pintail ducks (in the lagoon)
  • Wilson's Phalarope
  • Black-necked stilt
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Whimbrel
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Wandering Tattler

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Galápagos Island Visitor Sites: Post Office Bay Visitor Site, Punta Suarez, More Isabela Visitor Sites, Buccaneer Cove, Floreana Visitor Site: La Loberia/Sea Lions Area, Gardner Bay/Tortuga Rock Visitor Site, Puerto Egas Visitor Site and Champion Islet Visitor Site.








By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
21 Jul 2010




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