Santiago Island

Dec 14, 2017 - National Geographic Islander

Today we spent the day at Santiago Island. At Espumilla Beach we enjoyed an easy stroll along the green sandy beach and were captured by the beauty and tranquility of the site. After breakfast, the National Geographic Islander was repositioned towards Buccaneer’s Cove, a historical site used by pirates and whalers. Here, guests enjoyed a Zodiac ride along the coastal area. The geology of the place is quite fascinating—an eroded tuff cone offers wonderful resting places for blue-footed boobies, brown noddy terns, Nazca boobies, Galápagos sea lions and fur seals! It’s also ideal for kayaking and deep water snorkeling too. In the afternoon, we visited Puerto Egas where we enjoyed exploring the intertidal zone, observing and photographing the colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs as well as very young Galápagos sea lions. We were all very happy and sad at the same time, as another day in paradise came to an end!

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Vanessa Gallo


Vanessa Gallo’s grandparents arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1936, making her the third generation of her family to live and work in this magical archipelago. She left the islands for the capital city of Quito for high school, where she discovered that learning foreign languages was one of her main interests. Coming from a family of naturalist guides, it was not a surprise that she also became one at the age of 17. Vanessa left the islands once again for Switzerland, where she earned a diploma in tourism and strengthened her language skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She has also travelled extensively to destinations including as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, the Canary Islands, Mauritius, and many European countries.

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