THURSDAY

Santa Fe & South Plaza

Santa Fe Island, also called Barrington Island after British Admiral Samuel Barrington, is formed by uplifted, submarine basaltic lava, created some 4 million years’ ago.

Much of it is a faulted plateau covered with a forest of giant Opuntia cactae. As you walk through the dense bushes on the short trail, watch out for the Croton bushes, an endemic plant with an indelible stain. The most spectacular plants are the giant prickly pear cactae, unique to Santa Fe (Opuntia echios barringtonensis). The Galapagos dove is common on the trail, as are painted locusts, often pursued by a snake or two. The park monument is often a vantage point to spy a Galapagos hawk. The highlight is the land iguana, a lighter-colored iguana that is endemic to Santa Fe. Santa Fe is also home to a large Sea Lion nursery.
After a delicious lunch on board, we head to South Plaza Island. This beautiful island is full of both land life and birds, including Swallow-tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Frigate birds, Masked boobies, Blue-footed boobies, Pelicans and Red-billed Tropicbirds. It’s easy to wander past a gull’s nest and observe chicks flapping their wings trying to fly.
Created by lava that was uplifted from the sea bed, South Plaza has resident wildlife and diverse plant life that has progressively taken over the island since it was formed. Along its steep cliffs, we find an amazing variety of birds, while on the lower rocky beach, we can observe colonies of sea lions and marine animals.

Included

– 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

 

NOT included: Extra soft and alcoholic drinks. Tips and extra services.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • Activity Level

    ACTIVITY LEVEL:
    Moderate

  • Tour Style

    TOUR STYLE:
    Hiking & Snorkeling

  • Pick up

    PICK UP:
    7:00 am

  • Departure & Return Location

    DEPARTURE & RETURN LOCATION: Hotel

  • Return time

    RETURN TIME:
    17:00

WHAT TO BRING

don’t forget your toothbrush!

  • waterproof backpack

    WATERPROOF BACKPACK

  • comfortable walking shoes

    COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES

  • sneakers or rubber soles

    SNEAKERS OR RUBBER SOLES

  • shorts or light-weight trousers

    SHORTS OR LIGHT-WEIGHT TROUSERS

  • t-shirts

    T-SHIRTS

  • long and short sleeved shirts

    LONG AND SHORT SLEEVED SHIRTS

  • windbreaker

    windbreaker

  • bathing suit

    BATHING SUIT

  • hat or cap

    HAT OR CAP

  • sun block

    SUN BLOCK

  • sunglasses

    SUNGLASSES

  • binoculars & camera

    BINOCULARS & CAMERA

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  • 5 star ratingOur stay at Galapagos habitat Experience was outstanding for hotel accommodations, location, and wildlife! Sea lions and marine iguana’s ke... read more

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    1/01/1970

    5 star ratingSeals as neighbors We recently stayed at the Galapagos Habitat formerly the Red Mangrove Inn. Perfect location near the Darwin C... read more

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    7/15/2019

    5 star ratingNice place to spend a night onSanta Cruz Island We stayed at Habitat Hotel for 1 night during or visit of Santa Cruz. Ideally located between the Main Street ... read more

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    6/25/2019
  • 5 star ratingBeautiful hotel, amazing view, lots of sea lions and marine iguanas We stayed in an ocean view suite, and it was amazing - had the best view of all during our two week trip. This... read more

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    1/01/1970

    4 star ratingWonderful, but some issues This hotel is beautiful. We were lucky to have the Darwin Suite. All Windows, fabulous views. Staff are great,... read more

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    5/14/2019

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    1/13/2019
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    9/21/2019

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    7/06/2019

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