South Plaza and Santa Fe Island

Sep 12, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Today we visited the small islet of South Plaza for an excellent opportunity to spot Galapagos land iguanas, and after lunch, sailed south to Santa Fe Island for some kayaking and hiking. We hesitated to leave the inquisitive sea lion pups we encountered after our wet landing to move further inland. This decision proved fruitful though, as we saw many rare Santa Fe land iguanas basking on rocks along our trail, and even the very elusive “hamster-like” Santa Fe rice rat.

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Benjamin Ayala


Ben is a German-Ecuadorian naturalist guide who grew up on San Cristobal, the eastern-most island of the Galápagos Archipelago, home to the political capital of the province.

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