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Its name was given in honor of Spain. It is also known as Hood after an English nobleman. It has an area of 61 km2 and a maximum altitude of 206 meters. The capital of the archipelago Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, lies at the southern tip of the island.

Española is the nesting place of the albatross and also hoists sparrow hawks, marine turtles, masqued boobies, marine iguanas, sharks, sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, finches, Galapagos doves, giant turtles, tropic birds and blue-footed boobies. A lava fissure on the shore has created a blowhole where water spurts high in the air when the waves hit the wall. It is the southernmost island of the archipelago hosting a large proportion of endemic fauna.

Many of the birds here are indigenous to the area, and can only be seen in the Galapagos Islands.

The most interesting sites to visit are: Gardner Bay and Punta Suarez.

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