As you approach Barrington Bay you’ll be surprised at how green the island appears. Samuel Barrington was an 18th century British Admiral who distinguished himself in the Seven Years’ War but never actually sailed to the Galapagos.
The volcanic Santa Fe is surprisingly green and leafy, especially when compared to other islands in the Galapagos. Palo Santo trees are the dominant species, but there’s also plenty of brush and prickly pear cactus. Sea lion lie in large numbers on the beach, and you may have to navigate over and around them to reach. Your way to the trails leading up from the shore to the various scenic vantage points.
Wildlife lovers don’t have a huge number of species to spot on Santa Fe, but those which are here are of scientific interest. The Barrington land iguana and the Barrington leaf toed gecko are both endemic species; the Santa Fe marine iguana and the Santa Fe rice rat are endemic subspecies. Walking along the shore, sit a while and look at the curious site of the swallow tailed gull sitting in the prickly pear trees.