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The South Plazas Island Day Tour starts at 7:00 a.m, with a bus picking travelers up from their respective hotels in Puerto Ayora for transfer to Itabaca Canal, board the speed boat to Plazas Islands. After 2 hours of navigation and right after landing, you can see one of the largest colonies of sea lions in the archipelago. Then just a few meters behind the landing dock a group of land iguanas will be observed.
The trail continues to the other side of the island, which is very small and rectangular, walking along a ravine, where you can watch land iguanas, some marine iguanas and birds in the ravine or planning above it, such as: boobies, blue footed and masked boobies , swallow-tailed gulls nesting , puffins and tropical birds.
Despite its small size, on the South Plazas Island Day Tour you will be able to observe a large number of species, the island is also famous for its extraordinary flora such us the beautiful endemic trees and cactus. Depending on the season, vegetation changes its color from bright green in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry season.
The South Plazas Island Day Tour last activity will be in Punta Carrión, a small calm bay located near the entrance of Itabaca channel, ideal for snorkeling. You can see a multitude of species of fish such as marine turtles, white fin sharks (known by the locals as Tintoreras) and sea lions that usually appear very playful with bathers. The place offers a lot of shelter from the currents, making it an ideal place for those who start in the practice of snorkel.
South Plazas Island Day Tour
One of the largest sea lion colony in Galapagos
Extraordinary snorkel opportunity
Puerto Ayora – Galapagos
3:00 pm approximately