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El Barranco (Prince Philip's Steps) - Genovesa

Galapagos Islands


El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillips’s Steps, is located on Genovesa Island and it was named after the British monarch, who visited the island in 1964. It is a narrow trail cut in volcanic rock leading up to the lava plateau encompassing Darwin Bay. 1.5km long, the hike usually takes 2 hours. It is a haven for a diversity of bird species, including red-footed and Nazca boobies, finches, mockingbirds and short-eared owls. Petrels also have their nesting site on the cliffs. At the top you'll be met by some amazing views.

Difficulty: Moderate

Disembarkation: Dry Landing

Interactions: Hiking

Highlights at El Barranco (Prince Philip's Steps)

  • Panoramic View
  • Birdwatching


Blue-Footed Booby, Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Frigatebirds, Galapagos Fur Seal, Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Land Iguana, Galapagos Lava Gull, Galapagos Marine Iguana, Galapagos Mockingbird, Galapagos Petrel, Galapagos Shearwater, Galapagos Short-eared Owl, Nazca Booby, Red-Billed Tropicbird, Red-Footed Booby, Swallow-Tailed Gull