South Plazas and Santa Fe

Mar 01, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


The National Geographic Islander dropped anchor close to South Plaza Island. We disembarked after breakfast and were happy walking all along this little island. This island holds a large population of Galapagos sea lions. Many sea birds like to choose this place as its nesting area. Swallow tailed gulls were along the trail as well as many Galapagos land iguanas. The visitor site is colorful and picturesque and offers many opportunities for wonderful captions. Once we were back on board we enjoyed the refreshing waters of the Pacific Ocean and several guests were brave enough to jump off the ship. It was a lot of fun! In the afternoon, we visited the Island of Santa Fe, where we went kayaking inside of the protected bay. Late in the afternoon we disembarked at the beach, where many sea lions were resting at and a walk led us to the inland part of the island, where the unique

Santa Fe land iguana is found! It was a gorgeous evening, calm and relaxing!

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Vanessa Gallo

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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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Vanessa Gallo and Greg Aranea

Vanessa Gallo and Greg Aranea

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