Santiago Island

Apr 05, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


In the center of the Galapagos Islands lies this large island in which flora and fauna abound.

Early in the morning before breakfast we set off for the outing of the day. A wet landing on a brown beach marks the beginning of a fantastic expedition to see sea birds like boobies and pelicans diving for their fish. Lots of ghost crabs play hide and seek in the sand.

Back on board for breakfast while the ship navigates to Buccaneers Cove. Here we enjoy several options like kayaking and paddle boarding for the encounter of wildlife along the beautiful cliffs and the surrounding waters.

Snorkeling here is hilarious for the abundance of fish of all types and color as well as other creatures like sea lions, rays and sharks.

The afternoon was very interesting with some groups going on a hike along the shore to the marvelous and varied wildlife of this place. Marine iguanas, sea lions, fur seals, all kinds of marine and migratory species can be seen and photographed without much difficulty. Some people just decide to take it easy on the beach where they can take pictures, stroll along the beach or snorkel with the possibility of incredible wildlife.

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Patricio Maldonado

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Patricio, better known as Pato amongst his friends, was born in the Galápagos Island. His family moved to the islands from the mainland and settled on the island of Santa Cruz over thirty-five years ago. Pato had an enchanted childhood in the islands, where his keen interest in the wildlife of the Galápagos was born initially through catching lizards and observing how they lost their tails. His experiences in the islands have led him to teach visitors about the need to protect this rare and unique environment.

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