South Plaza & Santa Fe

Jun 20, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Today we had the opportunity to visit two distinct islands that offered wonderful wildlife experiences. In the morning, we traveled to South Plaza Island where we explored the amazing coastline and cliffs looking for land iguanas, sea lions, and several species of seabirds. In the afternoon we toured Santa Fe Island, home to the unique Santa Fe land iguana. Here, we had several activity options such as kayaking, Zodiac rides, and hiking. Each provided up-close encounters with the local wildlife. This was a great day as we were able to observe three different species of iguanas: marine, Galapagos and the Santa Fe iguanas. Santa Fe Island is a great example of ecological restoration; goats, once introduced to the island, grazed mercilessly and threatened the survival of native flora and fauna. They have since been eradicated from the island, and tortoises reintroduced.

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José Guerrero

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

José Guerrero Vela is an Ecuadorian permanent resident of the Galapagos. His mother was born in the islands and his grandfather was one of the first generation of teachers in the Galapagos, which has always inspired him to promote education as the main path to protect the archipelago.

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