Galapagos Islands – Day 4 South Plaza Island and Santa Fe Island

The sun is finally out in the Galapago when we wake up, unlike the previous days. We head out to South Plaza which is an island that was born from underwater eruptions along the ocean floor. The landscape is quite baron and covered in red Galapagos Carpet Weed. Also dotting the terrain are many cactus trees that provide fruit for the Land Iguanas to feed off. Also noticeable is the smell of Sea Lion excrement. Apparently the island is their favourite toilet and they don’t hold back resulting in most of the island being covered in layer of white and decomposed poo. The highlight would definitely be spotting a day old Sea Lion pup with it’s mother by the side of the path.

After lunch we head to Santa Fe and are greeted by a beach full of Sea Lions drying off which present a nice photo opportunity. We hike around in a loop and spot a few finches and land iguanas that have an appetite for cactus flowers. During our daily snorkel, we come across many turtles. Literally we could spot them from shore and I would have spotted around seven of them whilst snorkelling. We also spot rays and more fish. Despite the inviting colour of the water, the temperature is too cold and our session in the water doesn’t last that long and we all emerge with blue faces.

South Plaza

South Plaza Island Galapagos

Delicious fruit for the Land Iguanas

South Plaza Island Galapagos

Posers. They really know how to turn it on

South Plaza Island Galapagos

A Marine and Land Iguana admire the view

South Plaza Island Galapagos

They never seem to open their eyes

South Plaza Island Galapagos

Except for this guy seeing what the fuss is about

South Plaza Island Galapagos

Literally

South Plaza Island Galapagos

About a day old

South Plaza Island Galapagos

Delicioso

 South Plaza Island Galapagos

Marine Iguana catching some rays

South Plaza Island Galapagos

So much colour

Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe Island Galapagos

Turtle with a damaged shell

Santa Fe Island Galapagos

Like mother like baby

Santa Fe Island Galapagos

Runs in the family

Santa Fe Island Galapagos

Odd looking Sea Lion

Santa Fe Island Galapagos

Everywhere I look I Sea Lions

Santa Fe Island Galapagos

Finch

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