South Plaza has an incredible number of animals given its small size. Colonies of sea lions and swallow-tailed gulls welcomed us. Large land iguanas and small lava lizards share habitats with marine iguanas here. The hues of the portulaca, a ground-growing succulent, are just gorgeous. Prickly pear cacti grow like trees.

In the afternoon, Santa Fe was no less interesting. In a clear bay with a shallow bottom, we enjoyed water activities. We snorkeled and took tours in the glass-bottom Zodiac session around the turquoise water to observe fish, rays, turtles, and sharks. Later, we took a walk to see land iguanas and sea lions in a colony.