Santiago Island

Dec 28, 2017 - National Geographic Islander

Today’s expedition took place on Lindblad’s adopted island in the Galapagos, Santiago Island. We started the day with an early scenic walk on Espumilla Beach, walking through a mangrove forest, transitioning to a dry forest, and ending with the beautiful view of a lagoon and the ocean. We continued the morning expedition with a beautiful and refreshing snorkeling excursion in Buccaneer’s Cove. We spotted white-tipped reef sharks, an octopus, moray eels and got to dive inside a cave to see the beautiful view of a school of fish and sun rays.

In the afternoon the ship moved to another part of the island called Puerto Egas and we got to explore by hiking. This location is rich in human history, as there were temporary human settlements here to collect salt for preserving meat. The return from Puerto Egas is one of the memories one surely takes home because of its breathtaking sunsets as we navigate back to the ship on the Zodiacs. It was another amazing day of hikes, snorkeling, and learning in paradise!

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Gianna Haro


Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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Christian Saa

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Christian was born on the island of Isabela in the Galápagos archipelago. He grew up on a farm and had a magical childhood devoid of cars, electricity, telephones—just pure nature and playful sea lions along the beach. At the age of seven, he moved with his family to Santa Cruz Island, the economic hub of the Galápagos Islands. His father began to work in tourism and took Christian around the islands during school vacations. It was during this time that Christian learned to love and understand the real value of this unique archipelago, and he decided to devote his life to its stewardship. A lifelong passion for nature and its creatures took root in his heart, and he eventually decided to become a naturalist, which he has now been doing for 18 years now.

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