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Santa Cruz Island (Galápagos)

Santa Cruz Island Spanish pronunciation:  is one of the Galápagos Islands with an area of 986 km2 381 sq mi and a maximum altitude of 864 metres 2,835 ft Situated in the center of the archipelago, Santa Cruz is the second largest island after Isabela Its capital is Puerto Ayora, the most populated urban centre in the islands On Santa Cruz there are some small villages, whose inhabitants work in agriculture and cattle raising This island is a large dormant volcano It is estimated that the last eruptions occurred around a million and a half years ago There is a gigantic lava tunnel that is over 2000 meters long on the island that many tourists visit and walk through As a testimony to its volcanic history there are two big holes formed by the collapse of a magma chamber: Los Gemelos, or "The Twins" Named after the Holy Cross, its English name Indefatigable was given after a British vessel HMS Indefatigable Santa Cruz hosts the largest human population in the archipelago at the town of Puerto Ayora, with a total of 12,000 residents on the island

Tortuga Bay is located on the Santa Cruz Island, a short walk from center of Puerto Ayora where you can view Marine iguanas, birds, galapagos crabs and a natural mangrove where you can spot white tip reef sharks and the gigantic galápagos tortoise

Panoramic of the beach of Tortuga Bay


  • 1 Points of interest
  • 2 Twin towns – sister cities
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Points of interest

Puerto Ayora, at night
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Headquarters of the Galápagos National Park Service
  • Lava tubes
  • El Chato and Rancho Primicias Giant Tortoise Reserves
  • Itabaca Channel
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Cerro Dragón
  • Tortuga Bay
  • Playa El Garrapatero
  • Los Gemelos
  • Stand of Scalesia - daisy trees

Twin towns – sister cities

On June 19, 2002 the cities of Seabrook, Texas and Santa Cruz Island finalized a sister city status during a ceremony at Seabrook City Hall


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  1. ^ a b c d "Santa Cruz" Galápagos Conservancy Retrieved 26 September 2012 
  2. ^ http://mnzheraldconz/travel/news/articlecfmc_id=7&objectid=11491237 On Santa Cruz, the walkable downtown area of Puerto Ayora is a small strip of hotels, restaurants, tour companies and gift shops
  3. ^ http://wwwheraldsuncomau/leader/news/visit-the-galapagos-islands-but-tread-lightly-on-natures-construction-site/story-fnglekhp-1227463418157 Visit Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos Islands, but tread lightly on "nature's construction site"
  4. ^ http://traveller24news24com/Explore/Islands/Top-10-islands-number-one-might-surprise-you-20150714 Tortuga Bay Puerto Ayora Galápagos Islands,
  5. ^ "Pit Craters" World Land Forms 2015 Retrieved 2016-05-30 
  6. ^ http://wwweluniversocom/noticias/2015/08/13/nota/5065640/gobernador-galapagos-inadmisible-cerrar-locales
  7. ^ http://wwwkslcom/sid=35827641&nid=1287&title=the-worlds-12-best-spots-for-wild-swimming Las Grietas in Puerto Ayora Galápagos, Ecuador
  8. ^ Evans, Thayer "Seabrook officials establish family ties with island in the Galápagos" Archive Houston Chronicle Thursday, June 27, 2002 Retrieved on September 6, 2015

External links

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