Dragon Hill (santa Cruz), Galapagos Islands Cruise Port

Set in the Pacific Ocean over 900 km west of Ecuador, a cruise to Dragon Hill in the Galapagos Islands is highly recommended for any traveler looking to escape into a wild and untainted land. Named after the indigenous land iguanas that call this place home, Dragon Hill has survived the destruction of its most famous animal inhabitants. The island was plagued by the introduction of animals like cats, dogs, and goats. The domestic cats would eat baby land iguanas and eggs, while a pack of stray dogs would attack a fully grown iguana. As a result, the number of iguanas drastically fell and an effort to protect the rare species began in the 1970s. Feral cats and stray dogs were rounded up to prevent them from attacking the land iguana, whose population grew and stabilized to original numbers. Below are a few activities to enjoy after taking a cruise to Dragon hill:
 
  • Enjoy a beautiful day snorkeling in the pacific. The combination of a high tide and a rocky beach offers the perfect environment for snorkeling enthusiasts. Coral gathered on the rocks attracts numerous colorful fish to swim alongside the beach which makes the snorkeling experience even better.
     
  • A fun and exciting way to spend a day on your visit to Dragon Hill Island is to take a guided hike into the island and get a chance to view the land iguana. Walk among these magnificent animals, that just a few decades ago were on the brink of extinction.
     
  • Birdwatchers on a tour of Dragon Hill Island will enjoy a day viewing and photographing the rare and exotic birds that live on it. These include flamingoes, Darwin’s finches, pintail ducks, Galapagos mockingbirds, the wandering tattler, and Lava herons, among others.
     
  • Spend your day on the white sandy beach and go swimming all day. Make sure to take lots of pictures, the beaches here offer spectacular views and the scenery is breathtaking.
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