WEDNESDAY

South Plaza & Santa Fe

We begin our day with a dry landing on 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.
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.
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.

Included

– Transportation Hotel-Yacht
– English speaking guide
– Hot lunch on board
– Snacks during the day
– Water, tea and coffee
– Snorkel gear: mask, tube and fins
– Towels

 

NOT included: Breakfast. Extra soft and alcoholic drinks. Tips and extra services. Transportation Yacht – Hotel, request it to your agent for only US$7.00 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • Activity Level

    ACTIVITY LEVEL:
    Moderate

  • Tour Style

    TOUR STYLE:
    Hiking & Snorkeling

  • Pick up

    PICK UP:
    7:30 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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Reviews

comments from our guests

  • 5 star ratingEden on Santa Cruz Surrounded by marine iguanas, sea lions and the famous finches a fresh brewed morning coffee is a special trea... read more

    curiouspalate
    2/01/2020

    5 star ratingAmazing trip Went there with my wife, love it, the location is very good (i mean, you are in the Galapagos, nothing better ... read more

    Andy1BGB
    11/08/2018

    5 star ratingDarwin Suite = Impressive Formerly known (?) as Red Mangrove, this wonderful little hotel sits at the end of town over the water in a ma... read more

    kylewilsontharp
    1/29/2019
  • 5 star ratingSea Lions Live Here! This hotel is beautiful. We were in the Santa Fe suite which felt like we were in a tree house (no ocean view)... read more

    Beth S
    3/26/2019

    5 star ratingIt was good but expected more This is not a cheap hotel so I honestly expected more. The room was big enough but not comfortable, breakfast... read more

    mariamemec
    5/07/2019

    5 star ratingSolo female traveler. Fantastic spot, even better customer service I was traveling solo to the Galapagos as a female from the US. Slightly nervous, I booked my stay initially fo... read more

    119lizh
    11/20/2019
  • 5 star ratingNicest Hotel on Santa Cruz island This is for sure the nicest hotel on Santa Cruz island. Food for breakfast and dinner was great. The accommoda... read more

    hickmans2018
    1/13/2019

    5 star ratingA Waterside Gem! This superbly located, very well managed hotel offers everything anyone visiting the Galapagos might hope for!... read more

    Mark B
    3/16/2020

    4 star ratingGood standard Unfortunately, the booked "superior room with sea view" was very small and in front of our balcony w... read more

    Roland H
    4/09/2019
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