Aug 16, 2018 - National Geographic Islander
We woke up anchored near South Plaza Island and after breakfast, explored the pristine habitat where about 300 land iguanas make their home along with Galapagos sea lions and marine birds. This is the only place in Galapagos where hybrids of marine and land iguanas have been documented. On the cliff side, we spotted tropicbirds, shearwaters, swallow-tailed gulls and boobies along with bachelor sea lions. Here we saw land iguanas guard the opuntia cactus trees as precious territory, and the only food source.
After the visit, we swam next to National Geographic Islander on the canal between Santa Cruz and North Plaza Island. The water was refreshing after the long walk. In the afternoon we sailed to Santa Fe, kayaked, took part in short and long walks on the island, and spotted the endemic land iguana. Another day in paradise ends.
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