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Lounging iguana on South Plaza Island, Galapagos

South Plazas Island and Carrion Point

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Experience a one-day memorable cruise to South Plazas Island and Carrion Point with Galaxy Daily. Begin your day with a dry landing on the south plaza, where friendly sea lions will welcome you on the shore. Take a leisurely walk through the opuntia cactus forest, admiring the unique backdrop it offers. Discover the magnificent cliff and spot red-billed tropical birds, swallow-tailed gulls, brown pelicans, and impressive frigate birds flying overhead. Wind along the trail for a few hundred meters, taking in the breathtaking views before reaching Carrion Point. Don't miss the chance to snorkel among the diverse marine life of the Galapagos, including white-tip sharks, sea turtles, and a colorful range of fish and rays. 
Colorful South Plaza IslandSouth Plaza IslandA pair of friendly sea lionsSea lion at sunsetA male frigatebird rests in the trees of the GalapagosWhite tipped sharkLounging iguana on South Plaza Island, Galapagos
  • Snorkel in Galapagos' diverse marine life, including white-tip sharks
  • Discover magnificent cliff, take in views before reaching Carrion Point
  • Explore the Plazas' opuntia cactus forest and spot friendly sea lions
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: South Plazas Island | Carrion Point

The journey to South Plazas Island will begin at the meeting place. Plazas, as many call it, have an incredible landscape, and on your arrival to it, have a dry landing while sea lions welcome you at the shore. Begin your walk along a path through an Opuntia Cactus forest. Don't be distracted by the landscape beauty because you must watch out for your steps. There are many land iguanas, the smallest species in the archipelago! Continuing your tour, reach the fantastic, windy cliff. Here, the red-billed tropical birds, swallow-tailed gulls, brown pelicans, and the impressive frigate bird usually fly around. The trail meanders along the edge of the ridge for a few hundred meters. While you continue your walk, you will find the well-known "single sea lion colony": a heterogeneous collection of male sea lions, mostly elderly, who have lost their territories. Yet, surprisingly, they climb up the cliff via some rocky steps. Try to spot some of the battle scars and shark bites that many of these lone sea lions have on their bodies.

After your lunch onboard the Galaxy Daily, discover the Galapagos marine fauna while snorkeling. With some luck, see white-tip sharks and a great variety of fish, sea turtles, and rays. After this journey, return to the Itabaca Channel, where a bus will be waiting for you to take you to Puerto Ayora's pier, where the adventure of this day ends.


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Children 5% (between 6 and 11 years old)

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
  • 1 Lunch
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Snorkeling gear (Mask and tube)
  • Towels
  • Transportation to/from the meeting point to Itabaca Channel
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $200 per adult, $100 per child under 12 (fees of $100 per adult and $50 per child valid on arrivals through Aug 1, 2024). Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars. Subject to increase by Galapagos Park Service.
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $10/day per person.
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • Fins are not included but are available to rent on board - $5 per day per person.


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