Mosquera Islet is a tiny Galapagos island with white sand beach, black lava rocks and turquoise waters. Due to it’s location close to Baltra airport this is often the first or last visitor site included into cruise itineraries. Mosquera may be small, but it makes up for it with a great diversity of interesting birds and animals. It’s also one of the few islands without marked trails, so visitors can explore at will.
Read on for everything you need to know to plan your visit to Mosquera Islet at Galapagos. What wildlife can you see here? Which activities and visitor sites await Mosquera visitors?
English Name: n/a.
Ecuadorian Name: Mosquera.
Size: 600 meters long by 160 meters wide.
Population: Zero (uninhabited).
Located between North Seymour and Balta, Mosquera Islet is one of the smallest islands at Galapagos. It is of volcanic origin, formed by geological uplift. One of the most striking things about Mosquera is the contrast in colors. A gorgeous white sand beach, with clear turquoise waters, lush green vegetation, and jet black lava rocks. Landscape photography is highly recommended here, especially in golden light conditions.
How to get to Mosquera Islet? Mosquera is located close to Baltra island and airport. The only way to visit Mosquera is on a Galapagos cruise – check to be sure that your yacht will make a stop here.
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Landing Type: Wet.
Trail Length: Mosquera has no set trail.
Terrain: Easy and flat.
Mosquera Islet has only one visitor site. After an introduction your naturalist guide will give you free time to explore. Suggested activities include exploring the length of the beach, and snorkeling off the shore.
A wet landing drops visitors onto the pristine white-sand beach, to be greeted by Galapagos sea lions. These cute creatures are often curious about human visitors, so don’t be surprised if they come right up to you for a closer inspection. Other Galapagos land animals to look for along the beach include Marine iguanas and colorful Sally lightfoot crabs.
Bird lovers be sure to wander down the beach to see the nesting Lava Gull colony. With just 400 nesting pairs on the planet, this is one of the rarest gulls alive and an endemic Galapagos species. Also look out for wading shore birds scavenging for food, herons and sea bird species.
Snorkelers get ready, Mosquera has calm and clear waters with a host of marine creatures to discover. The coral reefs close to shore harbor rays, sea turtles, sharks, barracudas, eels and schools of attractively colored fish.
Note: All wildlife sightings are by their very nature unpredictable, and activities may be subject to change by your guide or the National Park Authority.
In conclusion, Mosquera Islet might not be one of your very top Galapagos highlights, but it does have much to offer. You have complete freedom to explore the white sand in the company of sea lions. Rare bird sightings are very likely. The waters around Mosquera often hold surprises for snorkelers. If you’re extremely lucky you might even see Orcas just off shore. Mosquera is definitely a fun little place to visit.