South Plaza and Santa Fe Islands

Nov 21, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Today was iguana day! In the morning, we visited a small islet called South Plaza, located in the middle of the archipelago, and home to a healthy population of Galapagos land iguanas. During our hike, we encountered sea birds, iguanas and even a sea lion that had just given birth; it was a beautiful and exciting morning.

In the afternoon our Captain, Gonzalo, repositioned to Santa Fe Island. Along the bay we kayaked and cruised the shore in our Zodiacs, and spotted white-tipped reef sharks, eagle rays, sea lions and sea turtles. Our afternoon ended with a beautiful sunset hike on Santa Fe as we searched for the endemic Santa Fe iguana. It was another magical day in the enchanted islands.

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Gianna Haro


Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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