The age and isolation of Santa Fé has allowed a number of endemic animals to evolve including the Santa Fé rice rat, gecko and Barrington land iguana.
Many of the Galapagos cruises anchor in the tranquil and idyllic turquoise waters of Barrington Bay, which is the island's only visitor site. The fine white sand beaches are home to many dozing sea lions, particularly juveniles that like nothing better than to frolic with the snorkelers exploring the bay’s varied and extensive marine life.
There are some lovely trails up through the giant Optunia forest with many good wildlife viewing opportunities.
- Galapagos sea lions – particularly playful juveniles
- Endemic Santa Fé rice rat and land iguana
- Galapagos hawks, doves and mockingbirds
- Darwin’s finch
- Cactus finch
- Galapagos lava lizards
- Green sea turtles
- Spotted eagle rays