South Plaza and Santa Fe Islands

Nov 09, 2017 - National Geographic Islander

This morning we visited the little island of South Plaza where sea lions were all around the disembarkation area. It is a great place to observe the Galapagos land iguanas and many sea birds such as the swallow-tailed gulls. Today our guests witnessed a female sea lion deliver her pup. It was a dramatic experience as the new born was dead and not only the female sea lion mourned, but all of us. Life is not easy in the Archipelago and only the strongest animals survive. In the afternoon we visited Santa Fe Island, a great visitor site for snorkeling, kayaking, and amazing walks to see the unique Santa Fe land iguana! What a memorable day! We hope Galapagos stays like this for all generations to come.

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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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