Santa Fe and the Plazas

Trip Start Jan 09, 2006
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Trip End Dec 21, 2006


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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Another fantastic day.

We got up to brights sunshine and a beautiful view, which more than compensated for a rough night on boat and not much sleep. We were at Santa Fe in the morning, a barren island covered in tall cacti and prickly plants. There were huge sandy-coloured iguanas on Santa Fe, very cool. There were also lots of blue footed boobies which grouped together in the air and then dived collectively into the water in search of fish.

After our walk we went for another snorkel. The sea was incredibly clear and we saw our second turtle swimming gracefully through the water.

After lunch were on South Plaza island, a tiny little island, even more barren than Santa Fe with only scrub and cacti. However, there were lots of birds and lizards to look at. The scenery was also incredibly beautiful because of the ground-covering red plants and the cacti, it was a fascinating place.

We reached Santa Cruz this evening which has the largest town in the Galapagos, Puerta Ayora. We went into town for a few drinks and a bit of salsa dancing (I stood on the poor chap`s toes on many occasions) and then returned back to our beds to a good night`s sleep anchored in the harbour.
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