Plazas & Santa Fe Islands

May 10, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Today we are visiting two impressive internal islands that hold unique species of land iguanas; today we are seen adaptation at its best, Plazas and Santa Fe Islands.

Soon after breakfast, we had a dry landing on a very small and powerful Island; Plazas where we had a mile walk among land iguanas that were relatively close to unique prickly pear cactus with “trunks” giving them a look like a tree. Plazas has a cliff where many seabirds and even fish could be seen.

Back onboard for a well-deserved lunch while the ship repositions to Santa Fe Island.

From the distance, we could see our landing on a white sandy beach and as we approach it, we were being greeted by white tipped reef sharks, white spotted eagle rays, turtles, pelican, sea lions and even a blue footed booby. Today we were searching for a species of land iguana that can only be seen here. Some of us opted for kayaks as we were surrounded by an impressive landscape.

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Celso Montalvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Celso was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At the age of nine he arrived in the Galápagos for the first time and he was profoundly touched by nature, observation, and isolation.  When he saw the sharks, rays and turtles swimming in the bay, he was triggered by a sense of wonder that he did not feel before.  Celso believes education is key to preservation. After graduating from the Naval Academy at the age of 17 he moved to New York to continue his education.

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