Welcome to Isla Española (Hood)


Española is especially worth visiting from late March to December because it has the only colony of the waved albatross, one of the most spectacular Galápagos seabirds, plus swallow-tailed gulls, oystercatchers, three species of finches and the Hood mockingbird, which is found nowhere else in the world.

The opuntia cactus and giant tortoise population, virtually extinct in the 1960s due to introduced goats and hunting, have rebounded thanks to an aggressive restoration program – tortoises rely on the cacti for food, water and protection.


Top experiences in Isla Española (Hood)

Travel guides

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Isla Española (Hood) activities

$3696.65 Marine

Galápagos — North, Central & South Islands aboard the Estrella del Mar

Cruise aboard the comfortable Estrella as you cast your net around the southern islands of the Galápagos. Meet marine iguanas on Santa Fé and blue-footed boobies on North Seymour. Encounter sea lions and a beautiful saltwater lagoon on Española Island. Snorkelling gear is included and a Naturalist Guide is on hand to offer expert insights. Best of all, after a full day of adventure, you can enjoy sunset drinks on deck before retiring to your air-conditioned cabin – private bath and an ocean view are standard. And, as always with G Adventures, our vessels are exclusive, so you know you're exploring in good company.

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Galápagos — North, Central & South Islands aboard the Archipell I/II

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend seven days exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the spacious and comfortable Archipell I to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms.

$4062.15 Marine

Galápagos — Central, South & East Islands aboard the Monserrat

There’s simply no better place to appreciate the magic of this precious little blue planet of ours than the Galápagos Islands. Join us aboard the roomy Monserrat for a mind-expanding cruising adventure through the archipelago's central, southern and eastern islands. Hike the dramatic black lava flows of volcanic Bartolomé Island, snorkel with sea lions and other aquatic beasts, go for a hike on Española or opt to laze about on her white-sand beaches instead. With a pair of naturalist guides on hand to answer your questions, you'll come home with a perspective you simply can’t put a price tag on.

$2549.15 Marine

Galápagos — South & Central Islands aboard the Estrella del Mar

Hop aboard the Estrella and spend five days travelling through the southern and central Galápagos Islands, witnessing firsthand what makes this destination so incredible. Hike through Punta Pitt and try to catch a glimpse of three distinct species of booby in the only place in the Galápagos you can. Relax on the white-sand beaches of Cerro Brujo, do some coastal touring through Punta Suarez, and send a postcard from Post Office Bay. Prepare to experience some of the best snorkelling of your life at Kicker Rock, Corona del Diablo, and Bahia Gardner.

$3059.10 Marine

Galápagos — South & East Islands aboard the Monserrat

Have you always dreamed about exploring the Galápagos, but never found the time? Make some. Let the Monserrat show you how comfortable a whirlwind trip through the exotic landscapes of the islands can be. On this adventure, you’ll experience the beautiful white-sand beaches of Española, encounter giant sea turtles and other wildlife, and gain a fuller understanding of it all at the Charles Darwin Foundation. Get a fresh perspective by getting out on the water!

$7349 Classic

Amazon to the Andes & Galápagos South & Central Islands

Experience the iconic highlights of South America in one incredible adventure. Hike the Inca Trail to the Lost City of Machu Picchu, explore the steamy Amazon from the comfort of our intimate G Lodge Amazon, spend seven nights exploring the Galápagos aboard the Xavier and snorkel the waters of the Galápagos. Our exclusively operated fleet of yachts offers great value and in Peru, we run our own treks, ensuring the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food and equipment as you follow the Inca Trail to majestic Machu Picchu.

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