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Santa Fe Island

Also called Barrington. Named after a city in Spain, has an area of 24 km2. It was formed by an uplift caused by tectonic activity, means that the island does not have the typical cone shape. Weathered cliffs provide a haven for swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds.

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Opuntia cactus - Santa Fe IslandSanta Fe hosts a forest of Opuntia cactus, which are the largest of the archipelago, and Palo Santo. The two beaches are sleeping grounds for sea lions. Near the  small  island  at  the  entrance  of  the  bay, snorkelling the clear waters also can be rewarding.

Santa Fe species of Land iguanas are often seen, as well as lava lizards.

Santa Fe is one of the best locations for swimming with sea lions and for a glimpse of the Galapagos white-tipped shark and sea turtles.

There is a picturesque turquoise lagoon and calm waters where snorkeling can be done along sea lions.

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