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 ratingbeautiful setting, very helpful staff The hotel is set on the water with great views, including pelicans and frigate birds. The deck that houses th... read more

    gottatravelmore
    9/10/2018

    5 star ratingGorgeous hotel, aware of the environment & surrounded by the most beautiful sea lions! We stayed in the Galapagos Habitat for 3 nights and had an incredible room with ocean views. The hotel itself ... read more

    mira06a
    9/23/2019

    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

    Rachel D
    1/01/1970
  • 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 ratingPopped in for a home made lemonade and was surrounded by sealions! Fantastic As we sat by the water, half a dozen sealions were sunbathing in benches behind us. We had pelicans flying by ... read more

    Lisa M
    1/14/2020

    5 star ratingEcological rustic hotel This is a simple yet comfortable hotel. It is quiet, clean, rustic, and perfect for the atmosphere. The staff... read more

    327maggie
    10/19/2018
  • 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 ratingamazing and special place to stay My family was here for a week and half in mid/late August. Amazing and wonderful place to stay. There are so m... read more

    bal2t
    9/03/2018

    4 star ratingNice spot to launch your tour Galapagos was fabulous. Haugan Cruises arranged this hotel and our tours. They did a great job with perfectl... read more

    pbesec a
    11/11/2018
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