SANTIAGO ISLAND

Jun 13, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Our days in “Las Encantadas”, as the Spanish called these islands keep bringing us adventures. We woke up near the shore of Santiago or James Island at 6am to walk at Espumilla beach. Blue-footed boobies were plunge diving right next to us, allowing us to photograph all their graceful movements, and a juvenile Galapagos hawk stared at us with curiosity. Kayakers and paddle boarders also took advantage of the early morning, and afterwards we were all ready for a big breakfast back on board. 

The day continues with aquatic activities—both snorkeling and glass-bottom boat riding are great opportunities to discover more of the marine life of the Galapagos. 

At midday we enjoyed a delicious Mexican lunch with margaritas, and celebrated the birthday of our beloved hotel manager Juan Sebastian. After Sandesh Kadur, our National Geographic videographer, gave us a talk on “The Anatomy of a Movie”. 

Playful sea lions were waiting for us in Puerto Egas beach, and the kids especially enjoyed their company. Later on, our naturalists led us on a walk along the intertidal pools of Santiago. 

Back on board the National Geographic Endeavour II, the day ends with a BBQ on the observation deck and a musical evening in the lounge with the talent of our naturalists sharing Latin American rhythms.

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About the Author

Anahí Concari

Naturalist

Anahí grew up in a small house by the beach in the Galápagos Islands. Along with her best friend, she used to wander during the days around mangrove trees, becoming a different animal every day. She used to camp on solitary beaches, snorkel with sharks, dive with her uncle, a local dive instructor, and sail around the islands with her free spirit neighbors, learning about nature with her own hands, eyes and ears.  

About the Photographer

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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