South Plaza and Santa Fe Island.

Aug 01, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

This morning we visited the little island of South Plaza. Right after disembarkation, we observed playful Galapagos sea lions, as well as Galapagos land iguanas roaming slowly in search of food underneath prickly pear cacti. Along the cliffs we saw swallow-tailed gulls, several of them with juvenile.  We came back on board, and guests had time to swim or even jump off the ship for a fun dive!

In the afternoon, we visited Santa Fe Island where several guests decided to kayak and paddleboard. Others hiked up a nearby cliff to a plateau that overlooks the bay. We were lucky to find a good number of the unique Santa Fe land iguanas. The end of the day was spent on a beautiful white sandy beach covered by Galapagos sea lions, what a great day!

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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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