South Plaza and Santa Fe Islands

Aug 31, 2017 - National Geographic Islander

This morning we visited South Plaza Island, a small and spectacular island. Here we observed swallow tailed-gulls, Galapagos sea lions and Galapagos land iguanas. The landscape of this Island is gorgeous and the contrast of colors is amazing. In the afternoon we visited Santa Fe Island where we enjoyed great snorkeling. Afterwards we landed on a white sandy beach covered by sea lions and among the Opuntia cacti we encountered Santa Fe land iguanas.

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Vanessa Gallo


Vanessa Gallo’s grandparents arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1936, making her the third generation of her family to live and work in this magical archipelago. She left the islands for the capital city of Quito for high school, where she discovered that learning foreign languages was one of her main interests. Coming from a family of naturalist guides, it was not a surprise that she also became one at the age of 17. Vanessa left the islands once again for Switzerland, where she earned a diploma in tourism and strengthened her language skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She has also travelled extensively to destinations including as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, the Canary Islands, Mauritius, and many European countries.

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