Sullivan Bay, Galapagos

Recent lava flows and beginnings of plant life

Overview

Sullivan Bay is on the eastern coast of Santiago Island. This visitor site is all about the geology and volcanic origins of the Galapagos, and although there is little wildlife here, the eerie landscape that was formed only 150 years ago has a real beauty all of its own.

On the hiking trail you will walk along lava that bubbled up from the ground, flowed and solidified in the second half of the 18th century. We recommend good sturdy shoes for walking in these lava fields. The landscape here is eerie and apparently barren - some of our Galapatours guests liken it to a "lunar landscape".

As the trail moves inland, the textures and colors change as you encounter much older lava fields. Here you can start to see signs of nature beginning to colonize this "new land". The small green plants that have started to grow in the cracks and crevices are called Mollugo.

Your Galapatours expert guide will be able to explain more about the volcanic processes that formed Santiago and all the Galapagos Islands, as well as how species begin to colonize the bare landscape.

Photos of Sullivan Bay

Highlights at Sullivan Bay

  • A "lunar landscape" of barren lava fields

Possibile Activities on Sullivan Bay

Hiking

Animals and Plants on Sullivan Bay

Map of Sullivan Bay

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