South Plaza & Santa Fe Islands

Mar 12, 2020 - National Geographic Islander


The day began with an early pre-breakfast disembarkation at South Plaza Island. Our first wildlife encounter came in the form of playful sea lions found in nearby pools. We then saw Galapagos land iguanas along our trail, this was followed by several seabirds such as swallowtail gulls, magnificent frigate birds and red bill tropicbirds.

In the afternoon while some guests hiked to the top of Santa Fe Island, others went for a kayaking session. The goal for both groups this afternoon was to spot the Santa Fe land iguana, a unique species of iguana that inhabits only this island. As an added bonus, guests found a colony of over a hundred Galapagos sea lions resting on the beach!

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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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