Santiago Island

Oct 18, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


In the early hours of the morning before breakfast, we landed at Espumilla Beach for a hike along the shoreline. The abundant soft sand and the mangrove forest provide the perfect nesting conditions for green sea turtles; many of the nests still have eggs from the last breeding season. Sea turtles will come in larger numbers to nest on this beach as the end of the year approaches, for their next breeding cycle.

At mid-morning after breakfast, we were ready for more activities. This time we explored Buccaneer’s Cove, on the western side of Santiago Island. Here we had the opportunity to go snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding. Some of our guests later took the chance to explore the area by Zodiac.

In the afternoon, we moved the National Geographic Endeavour II to Puerto Egas, also on Santiago Island. At midafternoon, we headed to the shore for a hike and some of us to snorkel. This hike along the tidal area is always amazing. This place is home to large groups of marine iguanas, colonies of sea lions and different types of shore birds.

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Juan Carlos Avila

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Juan Carlos was born in Quito, Ecuador. He spent part of his elementary schooling in the province of Cotopaxi, a beautiful area in the Ecuadorian Andes ringed by volcanoes. In 1989 his family moved to the Galápagos and settled in the highlands of Santa Cruz, the second largest island in this archipelago. It was here that Juan Carlos finished high school and gained his deep love for nature.

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