Explore the shores of South Plaza Island, covered by the opuntia cactus and home to the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos. Also here you will find the lazy but colorful yellow and red land iguana. This animal likes this island because of its richness in the opuntia cactus, which is an iguana delicacy. There are about 700 iguanas on the island and this species seems to be one of the smallest iguana species.
Land on the black beach of Puerto Egas on the island of Santiago, once home to salt mining enterprise. Explore this unique beach and its environs including plenty of sea lions and fur seals. Santiago provides habitat for many of the 30-40,000 fur seals that call the Galapagos home, and provides ample photography opportunities for these animals.
Continue to Fernandina Island, with a stop at Mangle Point. Here witness the amazing views and wildlife on the shorelines. Mangle Point is a small inlet on Fernandina’s coast providing ample snorkeling opportunities. On shore, watch playful sea lions, curious penguins, and catch a glimpse of where flightless cormorants reside.
Return to Fernandina for a visit to Espinoza Point. Fernandina Island has yet to be invaded by foreign species making it is one of the world's most pristine island ecosystems. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landspace with lava fields reaching the ocean. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.
North Seymour was like a few other islands, uplifted by underground seismic activity. This tiny island is packed with countless sea lions and it's one of the most popular breeding grounds for sea birds. A very large colony of frigate birds nest here, and it's almost guaranteed to see a few males proudly displaying their red pouches to impress a mate. It is also one of the best places to see blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of their courtship dance, which is quite peculiar and amusing. Also, while visiting this island, you might very well witness a great show of acrobatic flight, namely a frigate bird robbing a booby, a gull or even another frigate bird of their food.
Continue to El Chato, a tortoise reserve located in the Highlands of Santa Cruz, where these giant tortoises can be observed in the wild.
Continue to the airport for your journey home.
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