Santiago Island

Mar 22, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


This morning we enjoyed early outings, from Kayaking to a long walk and a photography walk at the visitor site known as “Espumilla beach”. I was fortunate to lead the long walk option. It is nice to go out early and enjoy the good weather conditions. It is marvelous to follow Charles Darwin steps; he was exploring Santiago Island for 9 days! The landscape here is fascinating, the vegetation is all in green color and it shows how fast everything can change in the Galapagos Archipelago during rainy season. We observed Darwin finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, and Galapagos doves. After breakfast, the National Geographic Islander was repositioned towards Buccaneers’ Cove, a great place for snorkeling. We saw large school of colorful fish, Mobula rays, white-tipped reef sharks and playful sea lions! The afternoon was spent at Puerto Egas, a wonderful coastal exploration, where we observed herons, many Sally light foot crabs, Galapagos marine iguanas and Galapagos fur seals!

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Vanessa Gallo

Naturalist

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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