Baltra (South Seymour)
origin of its name is unknown. It has an area of 27 km2
and a maximum altitude of 100 metres. The main airport of the
archipelago is located here and was built during WWII by the United
States Navy to patrol the Panama Canal.
Land iguanas were
reintroduced after the native population became extinct during the
time when American soldiers were posted in this island, and
iguanas and marine turtles can also be seen here.
Its name was given
after an English nobleman called Lord Hugh Seymour. It has an area
of 1.9 km2 and a maximum altitude of 28 metres. This
island is home to a large population of
blue-footed boobies and
swallow-tailed gulls. It hosts one of the largest populations of
frigate birds, with their magnificent red pouches.
It bears the
name of the convent of Rabida where Columbus left his son during his
voyage to the Americas. The high amount of iron contained in
the lava at Rabida give it a distinctive red color. Flamingos and
White-Cheeked Pintail Ducks live in a salt-water lagoon close to the
beach, where brown pelicans and boobies have built their nests.