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South Plaza Island

Plazas South & Punta Carrion

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South Plaza Island
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Plazas South Island & Punta Carrion

  • 1 Lunch
The tour starts at 8:00 AM from Hotel Silberstein.

Travelers head towards the north to the channel of Itabaca, followed by hopping on the yacht that will cruise to Plazas South Island. It is one of the smaller islands of the Galapagos which visitors are able to reach, located close the eastern coast of Santa Cruz. After 1.5 hours, Plazas South Island welcomes travelers with a bright red and green carpet of Sesuvio, an endemic plant, spread over the Island. This sight is joined by the loud, friendly barking of several sea lion families which have settled down on the shore of the channel between North and South Plazas where the yacht anchors. The turquoise water of the ocean contrasts perfectly with the white sand beaches and the black lava rocks of the coast.

Enjoy an easy hike alongside relaxing sea lions and land iguanas which are around most of the island. Your hike leads to the highest cliff where swallow-tailed gulls cross the air screaming, and here lie the sea lions which have climbed up the almost vertical wall! Tropical birds, blue-footed boobies, and other marine frigate birds glide gently in the wind around you. We suggest you bring along binoculars in order to get an extra close view of these animals, as well as the other marine life. Summit the highest point to take in the view over the ocean and the powerful waves breaking at the cliff's edge. It is an experience that visitors will not forget.

Afterwards the trip continues to Punta Carrión where lunch is served on the ship. This is also a great spot to snorkel and swim among rays, sharks and hundreds of colorful tropical fish.

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  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Gear Rental: Snorkeling Gear


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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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