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Tintoreras

Galapagos Islands

The visiting place is conformed by an islet that is formed made of volcanic lava which covers white lichens. The channel which gives the name to the islet is full of seawater during the times when the tide is high; dozens of blue sharks arrive to this place to sleep during the day and leave at night in search of food. From the balcony a person may observe the sharks resting next to each other.

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Las Tintoreras islet is located south of Puerto Villamil Bay and the journey in boat is full of rocky landscapes with seabirds, Galapagos penguins, blue footed boobies and marine iguanas. Las Tintoreras islet and its waters receive visitors that swim besides Galapagos sea lions, colorful fishes that swim over its seafloor cover by algae and sea urchins. The journey by the path lasts for about 45 minutes and there is a balcony in which one may occasionally observe Tiburones Tintoreras (Blue Sharks), that arrive to this crack of water to rest; for this reason it is not allowed to use the waters in this place. In a small beach we find Nolana plants, which are typical of the coastal zone and belongs to a class which distribution is restricted in Chile and Peru. In the mangrove zone there is an important colony of sea lions. Due to the permanent control of the introduced animals, the reproduction success of marine iguanas is higher, and this iguanas use the small beaches and parts of the path as nesting places. In the south side of the islet, the path continues bordering the jelí and white mangrove. Many cracks may be observed including a small cove frequented by several species of sea shore birds. Most of the journey is through a lava discharge where a person may observe different kinds of lichens that give a white and green colors to the rocks. These coloration is present only in the southern side of the rocks, and is believed that this is due to the winds that bring humidity from the south during the drizzle season.

Useful Data

It has white sand beaches and a black stones beach. In the 1st beach there are sea lions colonies; it is also a place used by marine iguanas for nesting purposes.

Accesibility

By sea: from Puerto Villamil’s passenger pier.

Useful Data

By land.

Distances

5 minutes in boat from Puerto Villamil’s pier.

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