South Plazas and Santa Fe Islands

Jul 19, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Today we explored two islands in the central area of the archipelago. We went to South Plazas during the morning and observed Galapagos land iguanas, Galapagos sea lions, and several species of seabirds. During the afternoon, we sailed to Santa Fe Island, and today nature showed us once more that it could be unpredictable. We had an interesting combination of weather and got to experience sunshine, clouds, and heavy seas. These conditions only added to our adventure and the result was a fantastic day.

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About the Author

Gilda Gonzalez


Gilda was born in Ambato, located in the very heart of the Ecuadorian Andes. Since she was a child, she loved animals, often rescuing street cats and dogs. Her parents always made sure there were nature books and plenty of Jacques Cousteau’s videos at home. She graduated from high school with a degree in chemistry and biology. Afterwards, Gilda obtained a B.A. in tourism and hotel management in Quito. She also studied English, French and German, later spending two months in Brussels, Belgium.

About the Photographer

Patricio Maldonado

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Patricio, better known as Pato amongst his friends, was born in the Galápagos Island. His family moved to the islands from the mainland and settled on the island of Santa Cruz over thirty-five years ago. Pato had an enchanted childhood in the islands, where his keen interest in the wildlife of the Galápagos was born initially through catching lizards and observing how they lost their tails. His experiences in the islands have led him to teach visitors about the need to protect this rare and unique environment.

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