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South Plaza Island | Day Tour From $335 | Galapagos
South Plazas Island is home of the hybrid Iguanas, a species born of a night of madness between a land and marine iguana. I can help you reserve a tour to South Plazas Island from $335.
South Plaza Island (Galapagos – Ecuador) was one of the last islands left for me to discover. The island has a contrasting cliff where birds engage in a power struggle.
South Plazas Island Galapagos
HOW TO GET TO SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND:
There are two ways to get to South Plazas Island in the Galapagos. First, on a Galapagos cruise that includes South Plaza Island in its itinerary. Second, by taking a day tour from Santa Cruz Island.
The trip to South Plazas combines with Carrion Point, where snorkeling is done. The vessel I offer combines with Santa Fe Island where snorkeling is done, as well as a landing. The yacht is a luxury yacht, it also combines with North Seymour Island.
The tour starts at Puerto Itabaca, but according to the operator they’ll pick you up at the hotel or they’ll let you know a meeting point. It takes an hour of navigation from the starting point from Itabaca canal to the South Plazas Island dock (jetty). It’s a dry landing so you can go down with the shoes on.
The island a loop trail that takes us from the coastal area to the cliff, to see the species that inhabit the island and contemplate the arid landscapes. The path is rocky and without any vegetation that produces shade, so bring sunscreen.
This small island of no more than 13 hectares is located on the southeast side of Santa Cruz Island. It is the place of nesting for the gulls of bifurcated tail, also home of terrestrial iguanas and colonies of sea lions. If you’re lucky, you’ll see hybrid iguanas.
A scientific restoration is being carried out on the island by planting a cactus seedling to reforest the land, since much of the cactus forest has disappeared due to the presence of iguanas that eat it.
The South Plazas tour is combined with an hour of snorkeling activities where you can observe the marine life that exists between the giant rocks, in the area called Punta Carrion.
INFORMATION ABOUT SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND TOUR:
Tour from Santa Cruz IslandPassenger capacity per yatch: 16 people
Departure location: Determined by operator
Travel time: 2 hours (1 hour each way)
Start time: 07h00 or 07h50
Return time: 16h00 or 17h00
Includes: Land travel/transport, sea travel/transport, life jackets, snorkeling equipment (masks, fins and tube), towel, lunch, snack, Galapagos National Park certified bilingual guide.
Does not include: Alcoholic beverages, tip and neoprene suit (during the months of June and November, I recommend renting these with any local operator).
* Price does not include 12% tax. (We only charge it if you want a invoice).
* This tour is not recommended for children from 0 to 2 years old.
* This tour is not recommended for people with mobility problems.
* You definitely need to bring a pair of trekking shoes.
* This tour you can book with full payment using two available methods of payment: bank transfer (no additional cost for bank transfers between Ecuadorian banks) or you can pay by credit or debit card.
PRICE OF TOUR
After all this time working with different operators that own yachts, I’ve noticed that the ones with cheaper prices receive the most complains. I highly recommend traveling to South Plazas Island tour on a luxury yacht.
DON’T WASTE ANY TIME!
I can help you reserve this South Plazas Island tour with local operators that own the vessels. Instead of wasting time wandering around each island looking for tours, you should be enjoying the places you can visit on your own while at the Galapagos Islands.
Check out this interactive map of the South Plazas Tour