South Plaza and Santa Fe Islands

Jan 17, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

National Geographic Islander anchors with the first light of the day in front of the iconic Plazas Islands. These are pieces of seafloor that were uplifted millions of years ago, and today are teeming with vibrant life. We explore this island in search of the many species of seabirds that nest here and the unique yellow land iguanas of the Galapagos.

Santa Fe happens to be one of the oldest islands in the archipelago, so some of the life forms here are unique to this place, such us the pale iguana that can be found nowhere else in the archipelago--or the world for that matter! 

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Socrates Tomala

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Socrates was raised on Santa Cruz Island located in the heart of Galapagos Archipelago.  After a childhood filled with swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing and volunteering in conservation projects, he grew very passionate about the outdoors and the natural world. 

About the Videographer

Luis Vela

Luis Vela


Luis was born in a small river town approximately one hour up the Marañon River from the small city of Nauta. Here he lived with his parents and grandparents who taught him about all the marvels of this part of the world. From a very early age he was interested in all things natural in the forests and rivers, and his pets were often parrots and monkeys from the area. The weekends were special because that was when the cargo boats from the big city of Iquitos would arrive with new products like sweet breads, news of the outside world, and brought also foreigners who came to experience the Amazon and to see what lived here.

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