After breakfast, you will visit the small South Plaza Island, located to the East of Santa Cruz Island.
While being small in size, the island is home to some of the most interesting and outstanding species in the Galapagos with endemic iguanas that are smaller than their relatives on other islands.
Hybrid iguanas can be found throughout the island. The result of a crossbreed between marine and land iguanas, they are unique and can easily be spotted for their black/grey color, their crest, inherited from the land iguana, but with the face and tail of its marine cousin. The large population of iguanas is due to the abundance of their favorite food, tuna.
Swallow-tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs can be seen sharing the shores with other seabirds such as Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.
Return onboard for lunch.
In the afternoon, you will head out to explore Santa Fe Island.
Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed by an uplift rather than being of volcanic origin, which is why it is mostly flat.
There are some theories, which claim that this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is home to a number of endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, the Galapagos snake, the Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands iguanas.
Set foot on the island surrounded by crystal clear waters where the welcoming sight of one of the many sea lion colonies awaits you.
The trail winds among saltbushes and giant prickly pear cactuses - gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands.
Take the time to snorkel with playful sea lions and schools of tropical fish.
Return on board Archipel I.
Dinner and night onboard.
Sail south to Floreana Island overnight.
- Breakfast onboard Archipel I
- Lunch onboard Archipel I
- Dinner onboard Archipel I