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Also known as Jervis, Rábida is a small island (5 km2) south of Santiago whose colorful splendor makes it a photographer’s dream. Visitors will be struck by the sharp contrasts between the turquoise waters, maroon sandy beach, beige rock substrate, and lush green highlands.

There is a wet landing onto the long, red beach where sea lions lounge, pelicans nest, and the occasional manta ray jumps in the distance. A short walk away from the beach takes you to a brackish lagoon, where you can sometimes see flamingoes despite the fact that sea lion fecal contamination of the lagoon has prevented the growth of crustaceans, the flamingoes’ food source. A .75 km circular trail begins at the lagoon, winding through cactus (look for Mickey Mouse). The walk offers amazing views of the sea as well as the island’s 367 m volcanic peak.

You can also snorkel from the beach or take a dingy ride along the cove to look for green sea turtles, marine iguanas, and fur sea lions. The deep-water snorkeling off of Rabida's walls is fantastic.

Hike Difficulty: 1/5

Highly Likely to See:

  • Sea Lions
  • Pelicans

Probable to See:

Possible to See:

  • Flamingo
  • Fur Sea Lion
  • Marine Iguana



Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Galápagos Island Visitor Sites: Mosquera Islet, Fernandina, Western Island Visitor Sites, Daphne Major and Minor, Southern Island Visitor Sites, Northern Visitor Sites, Santa Cruz, Central Island Visitors Sites, Genovesa and Isabela.

25 Aug 2010

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