South Plaza & Santa Fe Island

Feb 27, 2020 - National Geographic Islander


Today was filled with close wildlife encounters right from the start! After breakfast we disembarked at South Plaza Island, and to our surprise, we found a few baby sea lions playing in pools right by our disembarkation spot. This was followed by our first encounter with Galapagos land iguanas. Along our trail, we had the opportunity to observe a number of seabirds including swallow-tailed gulls, magnificent frigatebirds, and red-billed tropicbirds.

In the afternoon, while some guests went for a long hike to the top of the hill in Santa Fe Island, others had a kayaking session, followed by a short walk along the cliffs. The goal of the afternoon was to spot the Santa Fe land iguana, a unique species of iguana that inhabits only this island. We not only found many adults, but also found a baby basking on a cactus pad.

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Javier Carrion

Naturalist

Javier grew up on Santa Cruz island where his grandparents first arrived in the 1940´s. Veritable pioneers, his grandparents settled in the highlands where they found a place to raise their children.

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