Española Island defines the southeast corner of the Galápagos. Sometimes referred to as Hood Island, this remote location is arid, barren and flat. These harsh conditions make Española Island uninhabitable for humans. Yet this 23 square mile rock is a haven for wildlife. Your first stop is Punta Suárez, a promontory on the east coast of the island. Your small watercraft will make a dry landing along a concrete pier. There to greet you will be a colony of sea lions. Especially camera worthy are several pups basking on the beach in the Ecuadorian sunshine.