South Plaza and Santa Fe Island

Sep 26, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Today we took our guests to two beautiful locations situated in the central portion of the Galapagos Archipelago. South Plaza Island was our first destination this morning. Here, we got a chance to look for Galapagos land iguanas and found several sunbathing or actively feeding on prickly pear cactus. Later for our afternoon stop, we navigated to Santa Fe Island and kayaked along its big bay. Several of our guests spotted green sea turtles, eagle rays, and white-tipped reef sharks. We then had an exploratory walk in the interior of the island. We saw dozens of Galapagos sea lions, and a few lucky guests saw a Galapagos hawk sitting on some bushes close to our trail!

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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.

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