South Plaza and Santa Fe Islands

Feb 01, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Today we visited the little island of South Plazas, located to the East of Santa Cruz Island. This island is an upheaval, and we can clearly see the evidence that this was once the sea floor.

Its landscape is spectacular, today we enjoyed great weather conditions and excellent lighting for photography! Here we were surprised by the sight of a short-eared owl, as it was guarding its pray, a Galapagos shearwater. We found along the trail many Galapagos land iguanas and swallow-tailed gulls, some with their chicks. It was an incredible morning. In the afternoon the National Geographic Islander was repositioned towards Santa Fe Island, where we saw the unique Santa Fe land iguanas and a Galapagos sea lion colony. It was an awesome day, full of experiences and memorable moments.

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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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