South Plaza Island and Santa Fe Island

Dec 05, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


Two fabulous islands with a focus on land iguanas, but also so much more! South Plaza in the morning is a seabird haven. As one walks along the upper trail a few steps back from the cliff edge, all kinds of seabirds catch the updraft and fly by, almost at eye-level. Land iguanas were showing signs of courtship, head-nodding to each other and looking their best. Sea lions lined the lower shore, sleeping, nursing, barking, calling, and bleating.

In the afternoon at Santa Fe, everyone went every-which-way. Some went up the escarpment, others stayed low between beaches, some went kayaking, and some tootled around in the Zodiacs. We all saw fantastic things, from Galapagos hawks, to sharks and rays, and of course, the endemic land iguana of Santa Fe Island!

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Cindy Manning

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Born in Lima, Peru, of North American parents, Cindy and her family subsequently lived in several South American and European countries with a couple stops in Peoria, Illinois. Cindy received a degree in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Afterwards, Cindy spent a year and a half teaching science in the Western Province of Kenya, East Africa. 

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