travel42 Port Guide: Floreana Island

Floreana Island travel42 Port of Call Guide

A shipwrecked Irishman, Patrick Watkins, washed up on the shore of this southern island in the late 1700s and became the Galapagos' first human resident. And that's just the beginning of the colorful history of Floreana, also known as Isla Santa Maria.

It was colonized by Ecuadorians in 1832 and became a penal colony late in the 19th century. In the 1930s, three groups of eccentric Germans arrived, including a baroness and several of her lovers, all of whom disappeared or died under myst...

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