Santiago Island

Mar 07, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

We began our day with an optional early wake up call to explore Espumilla for photography in this calm outing where we saw a Galapagos flycatcher been very inquisitive with our guests. We had an opportunity to use our gear with different setting and even our iPhones were very useful. As a matter of fact all the picture, you are now seeing are from our smart phones take seeing. Some of us opted for a walk inland where we were very lucky to find the top predator of the islands, the Galapagos hawk.

We repositioned our ship to our next visitor site Buccaneer’s Cove.

The morning was very active with snorkeling, where some of our snorkelers many sharks, sea lions and fishes also kayak and paddle boarding. In this site, geological formations, like the praying monk, captured our attention. In addition, if that was not enough, we had a few rounds of glass bottom boat, a fabulous gear that allowed us to have a clear view of the fish.

A well-deserved lunch and a talk on Charles Darwin with our naturalist Fabian, allowed us to enjoy the common areas of the boat before disembarking in Egas Port, where we had a black beach for ourselves to swim, relax, and snorkel. To end the outings of the day, a walk around the shore and intertidal pools of Santiago with sittings of marine iguanas, sea lions, shore birds, and Galapagos fur seals.

After cocktail hour and recap, a barbeque in the upper deck for dinner followed by our captain’s musical performance.

Our expedition has reached its peak and now this wonderful feeling of coexistence and respect for one another like a family influences us.

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About the Author

Celso Montalvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Celso was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At the age of nine he arrived in the Galápagos for the first time and he was profoundly touched by nature, observation, and isolation.  When he saw the sharks, rays and turtles swimming in the bay, he was triggered by a sense of wonder that he did not feel before.  Celso believes education is key to preservation. After graduating from the Naval Academy at the age of 17 he moved to New York to continue his education.

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