South Plazas and Santa Fe Islands

Apr 12, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

The National Geographic Islander dropped anchor close to South Plaza Island. We disembarked before breakfast in a sunny beautiful day. This island holds a large population of Galapagos sea lions and sea birds as well who choose this place as its nesting area. Swallow tailed gulls were along the trail as well as many land iguanas. The landscape is very colorful and picturesque, due to the “sesuvium” plants, which range from green-yellow to orange-red. The island has an amazing cliff, where some birds flight very close to the ground. Once went back on board we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast and later after a rest, a refreshing pacific ocean and several guests were brave enough to jump off the ship. It was a lot of fun! In the afternoon, we visited the Island of Santa Fe, where we went kayaking inside of the protected bay. Late in the afternoon we disembarked at the beach, where many sea lions were resting at and a walk led us to the inland part of the island, where the unique Santa Fe land iguana lives.

At the end of the day, we enjoyed a spectacular sunset.

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Lenin Villacis


Lenin was born in the capital city of Quito, where he grew up surrounded by the mountains and volcanoes of the Andean region of Ecuador. At age 17, he received a scholarship to study in Mexico, and a few years later traveled to the U.S. and finished college with a degree in Earth sciences. In 1994 he returned to Ecuador to undergo a training course to become a naturalist guide for his incredibly rich and biodiverse home country, and started working in the Amazon rain forest of Ecuador. 

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Lenin Villacis and Lisa Diaz

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