'What we can't learn from history books is right here in front of us. All you ever need to know is floating in ether, make an attempt to grab it and squeeze the last bit of knowledge from it.'
Charles Darwin, one of the best known faces of science ever, was an avid follower of his own idioms of observation and learning. Most of what he learnt, and in turn, taught us all, was through careful and deliberate observation of his surroundings. When it comes to Darwin, two ideas are unescapably popular: Natural Selection and Galapagos Islands.
The revolutionary theory of evolution was put forth by Darwin for the scrutiny before the entire scientific community after spending time on these islands off the coast of mainland Ecuador. Since then, the islands have forever been attracting tourists and avid followers of science for various reasons. Santa Fe is the most prominent of all Galapagos Islands.
Apart from their scientific and historical heritage, Santa Fe is also well-popular for the rich brand of natural beauty it brandishes. Beautiful and lush beaches that run for as far as your eye can see and rocky harbors that make shipping look like the most difficult profession in the world, everything that a tourist with a sailor's mind looks for is present here on Santa Fe Island. Furthermore, deliberate development of its tourism sector has allowed hospitality industries to flourish, further attracting more and more tourists, setting off a chain reaction of sorts.
If you are taken up by the idea of visiting Santa Fe to see for yourself what the strange species of life occupy the land, you should make haste and ensure that your plans do not remain mere plans. This quick guide to hospitality industry, especially hotels in Santa Fe, can be your point of start of making some solid plans!
Budget Hotels in Santa Fe
To be fairly blunt and honest, Santa Fe does not have too many hotel or resort establishments that you can look forward to staying at. Being a small island that lives entirely on tourism revenue and whatever funds pumped through its infrastructure by Ecuador, there are obvious problems that Santa Fe hotels and their prospects of development and proliferation face.
But that should not be too disheartening. If you are really keen on visiting Santa Fe, there are enough lodging options to make sure that you get to experiences these things, so long as you don't have ferry day and night just to be able to see what it has in store.
Santa Lucia in Cuenca is our top favorite among cheap hotels that can help you stay nearby Santa Fe Island. It is an old fashioned cottage style motel that offers authentic local delicacies, along with proper American food.
Luxury Hotels in or Near Santa Fe
There are no luxury hotel or resort establishments to be found on Santa Fe Island itself. However, just as was the case with cheap hotels, if you are prepared to ferry every now and then, there are enough luxury hotels in Santa Fe Island's proximity to help you stay in comfort.
Mansion de Alcazar in Cuenca is one superb five star property that brings all the features of a top notch luxury hotel, at prices much lower than what you would expect to encounter pretty much everywhere else in America!
Top Things to Do and See in Santa Fe
Much of what Santa Fe has to offer is based on or in some way related to Darwin and his theory of evolution. As you disembark on the island for the first time, you will be greeted by the sights that will make you feel as if you are hopping down an intergalactic vehicle and onto another planet full of strange things and surprises.
Most life forms on Santa Fe Island, from blades of grass to birds of prey, are in one way or another different from what most of us are accustomed to seeing. The most famous of them, the giant turtles of Galapagos, are also to be found here, so are cacti or prickly pear!
Darwin finches are also pretty popular around here and can be spotted with ease, if you are to visit vast jungles of opuntia, the scientific name for the cactus of prickly pear, that are sprawled in the center of the island.
Along with all these, you can also find various other species of birds like Galapagos doves and mockingbirds that are extremely different and quite unique in their own right!
When you are done with exploring all these natural wonders and species of Santa Fe, you can visit your afternoons and evenings on quiet beaches, in the company of gentle Atlantic breeze, as the sun finally sets far in the background.
Many tourists also indulge in snorkelling and scuba diving activities when they are visiting Santa Fe. However, a word of caution must be maintained regarding these activities, as most of these activities do not seem to be carried out with due diligence or proper administrative licensing of safety and health. So, refraining from them can be quite sensible.
Things to Remember While Visiting Santa Fe
While sightseeing in Santa Fe, tourists must remember that the island is a global bio-heritage site. Hence, bringing outside food or drinks, let alone pets, is strictly prohibited.
Also, one should always keep in mind that as far as Santa Fe hotels are concerned, there are far too few options that you would like. Hence, lodging in a nearby island while sightseeing is the best way to go.
Getting Around Santa Fe
Not a problem at all! Santa Fe is a small island, measuring just a few square miles. Most tourists are required to travel locally through official vehicles that tourist companies have. There is nothing in way of public transport present here, and much too reasonably so.
A trip to Santa Fe Island will certainly help you understand our very own world in a completely newer and more inclusive way!