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Daphne Major is a volcanic island just north of Santa Cruz Island and just west of the Baltra Airport in the Archipelago of Colón, commonly known as the Galápagos Islands. It consists of a tuff crater, devoid of trees, whose rim rises 120m above the sea.Though easily accessible to most visitors to the Galápagos, the national park service has highly restricted visits to this island, and it is primarily used for scientific research. An intensive study of Darwin's finches was conducted here by biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant over a period of 20 years. They examined the behaviour and life cycles of finches, with the results strongly supporting Darwin's theory of evolution. Their efforts were documented in the Pulitzer Prize–winning book The Beak of the Finch.Daphne is home to a variety of other birds including Galápagos martins, blue-footed booby, Nazca booby, short-eared owls, red-billed tropicbirds and magnificent frigatebirds.To visit Isla Daphne Mayor and get the most from your holiday in Puerto Ayora, create itinerary details personal to you using our Puerto Ayora visit planner.
Isla Daphne Mayor Reviews
My wife, 14yo daughter and I were part of an full-day snorkel tour of Daphne Mayor. I highly recommend this island. The tour started with a ride to Itabasca Channel where we met our guide Sergio and h... more »
O cruzeiro que fizemos incluía uma visita a North Seymour. Como a ilha estava interditada pelo Parque Nacional, o programa substituto foi uma circunavegação da Ilha Daphne Mayor. Foram instantes de me... more »The cruise we made included a visit to North Seymour. As the island was interdicted by the National Park, the substitute program was a circumnavigation of the Daphne Mayor Island. It was moments of meditation that we took advantage of to take the final photos of an unforgettable week. During the two laps that the yacht Fragata gave around the island, we saw several manifestations of the evolutionary richness of the species of the galapaguenha fauna. For example, we spotted a shark swimming near some rocks, plus countless Nazca boobies landed near their nests. One of these nests looked more like a burrow in the rocks that flocked in the midst of the creeping vegetation. One of the edges of the cliffs reminded me of the face silhouette of a mythical being. About visiting the island on walks, the guide explained that formerly this was allowed, but it was happening erosion on the trails, so now only the visits of scientists are allowed. Anyway, any boat trip in Galapagos is worth noting. This was no different.
very funky i think. birds are my favorite thing edit* i can tell people are doing a unit on the finches atm bc of all the attention on this review. Whats up kids
medium ground finch cuter than the other the other one imo.... the chubby birds are the best
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