Santiago Island

Oct 04, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

We enjoyed an early outing at Espumilla beach. A beautiful beach formed by the erosion of the tuff cones is an ideal place for ghost crabs, mangroves, Darwin finches and Galapagos mockingbirds. This was the last opportunity for kayaking, and a great photo walk with photo instructor Socrates Tomala. After breakfast, National Geographic Islander was repositioned towards Buccaneer’s Cove; this place was used by pirates and whalers as a dependable site to find water and food. Nowadays it is an excellent snorkeling area, with clear waters and large schools of colorful fish. The afternoon was spent at Puerto Egas, where we explored the intertidal zone, which was abuzz with activity; plenty of colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs were seen as well as Galapagos marine iguanas, Galapagos sea lions, and many coastal birds. Another great day, filled up with adventures and unforgettable experiences!

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Vanessa Gallo


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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