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Puerto Egas Visitor Site

Puerto Egas is a favorite visitor site, as it's a good place to see animals and birds and the hike itself is very easy.It's named for a man named Egas who had a salt mine there in the early 1960's: parts of the mine are still there, although they're not on the trail. Ask your guide to tell you the story of the crazy mine guard who remained there for some years after the mine folded. 

Visitors disembark on a sandy beach and then head for the circular trail. Part of the trail heads into the interior of the island, and the scrubby brush is a good place to look for Darwin finches and other birds, including the pesky introduced Smooth-Billed Ani. Near the landing site, look for sea lion pups.

The trail loops around once it hits the coast. The coastal walk features many tidal pools, which are a good place to look for marine life and shore birds like herons. You may even see a Yellow Warbler or two skipping along the seashore, nipping up bugs. Another highlight along the seaside trail is “Darwin's Toilet” which is a small, rocky pool fed by invisible underground channels: as the waves crash, the “toilet” fills and drains.

Near Darwin's Toilet, look for the rare Galapagos Fur Sea Lion. Your guide will point them out: they look just like regular sea lions, but their coat is a bit thicker and their snout more blunt.

Ship crews are always happy to visit this site because there is a soccer field there and they can go play: join in if you're fit enough.

Hike Difficulty: 2/5 for some rocks and slippery places along the seaside part of the trail.


Highly Likely to see:

  • Marine Iguanas
  • Galapagos Fur Sea Lions
  • Sally Lightfoot Crabs
  • Galapagos Sea Lion
  • Darwin Finches

Probable to see:

  • Whimbrel
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Galapagos Flycatcher
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Hermit crabs
  • Striated Heron
  • Great Blue Heron

Possible to see:

  • American Oystercatcher
  • Sanderlings
  • Smooth-Billed Ani
  • Galapagos Snake
  • Herons
  • Galapagos Hawk
  • Vermilion Flycatcher
  • Storm Petrel
  • Brown Noddy

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

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...
24 Aug 2010

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