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Ballena, or Whale Bay - Santa Cruz

Galapagos Islands


Ballena, or Whale Bay, located on the west side of Santa Cruz Island, is a quiet and open visitor site, where you can explore freely the wonders it offers. Its names derives from the fact that it was believed to have been a popular stop for whaling ships. One of the highlights of this bay is the beach with its green sand, color given by the large percentage of olivine crystals. It's also a great spot for snorkeling. You can spot sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and even Galapagos hawks here.

Difficulty: Hard

Disembarkation: Wet Landing

Interactions: Hiking ,Beachcombing

Highlights at Ballena, or Whale Bay

  • Birdwatching
  • Green-colored Beach


Blue-Footed Booby, Brown Pelican, Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Frigatebirds, Galapagos Giant Tortoise, Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Lava Lizard, Galapagos Marine Iguana, Galapagos Mockingbird, Galapagos Sea Lion

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Bird Photography Tour: Ecuador Andean Choco & East Slope

Scheduled Group Departure 2023

Max group: 6 photographers!

Price: $3,600 USD

per person sharing double room
* Single supplement: $720


Tour details:

Length: 12 Days
Start / End city: Quito
Pace: Easy
Physical difficulty: Easy
Focus: Bird photography
Max group size: 6 photographers