South Plaza & Santa Fe

Departure: Wednesday

South Plaza is one of the smallest and richest islands in the archipelago. The unusual vegetation and location of the island create an interesting landscape in which the fauna and flora of Galapagos are enhanced. The principal attractions are the land iguanas, the sea lions and the swallow–tailed gulls, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, pelicans and red-billed tropicbirds.

After a delicious lunch on board we head to Santa Fe Island, also called Barrington Island after British Admiral Samuel Barrington. This small island is formed of uplifted, submarine basaltic lava, formed some 4 million years ago. Much of it is a faulted plateau covered with a forest of giant Opuntia cactae.

Santa Fe is the island with the highest endemism, due to its geological nature and age, most animals are endemic to this only location. Here the marine iguana of Santa Fe can be found as well as the Santa Fe mockingbird, the Santa Fe rice rat and the Santa Fe lizard. The most spectacular plants are the giant prickly pear cactae, unique to Santa Fe (Opuntia echios barringtonensis).

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  • - Activity level: Moderate
  • - Tour style: Hiking & Snorkeling
  • - Pick up: 7:00 am
  • - Departure & Return location: Hotel
  • - Return time: 17:00
  • We recommend to bring a small (waterproof) backpack, comfortable walking shoes, sneakers or rubber soles, shorts or light-weight trousers, t-shirts, long and short sleeved shirts, windbreaker, bathing suit, hat or cap, sun block, sunglasses, binoculars & camera.
  • - Transportation Hotel-Yacht-Hotel.
  • - English speaking guide.
  • - Hot lunch on board.
  • - Snacks during the day.
  • - Water, tea and coffee.
  • - Snorkel gear: mask, tube and fins.
  • - Towels.
  • - Extra soft and alcoholic drinks
  • - Tips and extra services.
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