The Plazas Islands off of Santa Cruz Island From the air, the Plazas Islands look barren and inhospitable. Why would a place like this be home to unique species of birds, iguanas and sea lions? Half of the 58 resident species of birds on the 12 main islands of the Galapagos live no where else. Most of the land and surrounding water is protected by the National Park. Note the boats moored between the islands. Visitors and guides arrive in boats to hike on the trails and snorkel off shore in authorized locations. Only a few of the Galapagos Islands and Islets are inhabited by humans.
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