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Las Bachas beach - Beach - Ecuador

Las Bachas is a beautiful white-sand beach on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. There isn't much to do there except lounge on the sand, go for a stroll or do some easy snorkeling in the gentle surf. Sea turtles lay their eggs at the edge of the vegetation: be sure to obey the signs to stay away. There are a couple of salt lagoons behind the sandy berm: lucky visitors will spot a flamingo or two. You can also look for a rusted pontoon, a relic of the Second World War. In fact, “bachas” is a poor pronunciation of “barges,” two of which were wrecked offshore at that time: the locals mispronounced the name and it stuck.

It's possible to snorkel in the gentle surf: you're unlikely to see much, given the sandy bottom and probable cloudiness of the water, but if you stay near the rocks you should see some fish, or a shark or turtle if you're lucky.

Hike difficulty: 1/5 lovely white sand beach. Doesn't get any easier.


Highly probable to see:

  • Sally lightfoot crabs

Probable to see:

  • Flamingos
  • black-necked stilts
  • whimbrel
  • hermit crab
  • blue heron
  • brown pelican
  • bluefooted booby (fishing)
  • sanderling
  • wandering tattler
  • semipalmated plover

Possible to see:

  • sea turtle
  • yellow warbler


Here are other activities in and around Galápagos Island Visitor Sites that may be of interest: Playa De La Estación / Station Beach, La Playa de los Alemanes, Las Grietas, Playa Espumilla, More San Cristóbal Visitor Sites, Laguna Las Ninfas, Laguna Las Ninfas, Garrapatero Beach, Playa De Los Alemanes/german Beach, Playa Ratonera and Playa De Los Perros.

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