Observatorio de Santay






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Name of organisation

Friends of Santay Association

Funding support

Self-management and donations

Number of staff


Number of visitors per year


Overall aims of the centre

To be a reference for the Santay Island Wetland in the realization of cultural activities linked to the wetland and its population.

Description of the centre

The Observatory has a useable area of 56 square metres. The Isla Santay wetland covers an area of 4705 hectares, including its surrounding waters. It has dry forest, mangrove, grassland and grassland habitats with their associated flora and fauna. The Observatory holds exhibitions by local and outside artists on ecological themes. The Santay Observatory in its 7 months has received around 4000 thousand visitors and is located next to the Santay Island Community Pier.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Cultural events, classes for children, painting and photography exhibitions. Information for tourists visiting Santay and the Santay Wetland.

Top three successes

The exhibitions are very successful and this has to do with two reasons: The fact that the Observatory is strategically located on the quay where the tourist boats arrive and because it is the only space dedicated to cultural programming there.

Top three challenges

If and how other people could learn something from your less successful projects? It is a new and different project. Visitors take away a lot of information and are happy to have visited it.


Interpretation techniques


Visitor centres

Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures


Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community

Education and communication

Working with primary schools




Twitter: @islasantay Instagram: @observatoriodesantay


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