Visitors 4
Modified 10-Jul-09
Created 4-Jul-09
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We arrived on Santa Fe, also known as Barrington Island. We spend a magical hour or so snorkelling around the bay, where we had encountered stingray, turtles and hundreds of colourful fish swimming in formation, but the highlight was being surrounded by sea lions performing their aquarobics in impressive style and seeming to enjoy themselves as much as us. Later we landed on Gardner Bay to find the beach was completely occupied by a colony of sea lions basking in the sun. Like all the wildlife here, indifferent to our presence. Some of the baby sea lions were playing in the sea. Taking a stroll a little further inland, the unique dry landscape was dotted with cacti and prickly pears; frigate birds circled overhead and lizards scuttled across our paths, whilst iguanas wandered at a more leisurely pace. We also spotted a few finches.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:South America
Subcategory Detail:Ecuador
Keywords:Barrington Island, Gardner Bay, Santa Fe, cacti, finches, frigate birds, iguanas, oputunia cacti, pelicans, sea lions