Santiago: Espumilla Bay and Puerto Egas

Nov 29, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Today we anchored at Espumilla Bay on Santiago Island. At 6:30 a.m., we landed on the beach and had a nice stroll along this beautiful sandy area. We were provided with plenty of opportunities to take breathtaking pictures, including a rainbow, many blue-footed boobies plunge diving, as well as sea turtle tracks that had been laying their eggs.

Later, we navigated with our Zodiacs to a rock that holds a small population of Nazca boobies and other seabirds, among those, blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls.

At around 10:30 a.m., we snorkeled along Buccaneer’s Cove. The water was clear, and we had a chance to swim inside a nice cave and observe white-tip reef sharks.

In the afternoon we landed in Puerto Egas. There we walked inland to get to the best intertidal rocky shores on the island.  We saw Galapagos fur seals resting as well as many coastal birds and marine iguanas. It was the perfect day to finish this wonderful week of discovery.

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About the Author

Luis Vinueza


Luis arrived in the Galápagos Islands for the first time when he was 11 years old in 1983, and from that time on he knew that Galápagos would one day be his home. He returned to the islands in 1995 and spent 14 months camping in a tent. Seven of those months were spent on Española Island, studying the relationship of reproductive success and mate retention of Nazca boobies. In 1997, he started working for the marine lab at the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) on different fields including diving surveys to assess the patterns of marine biodiversity around the Galápagos Marine Reserve. His research included counting lobsters and sea cucumbers and participating as an advisor for CDRS during the negotiation process that led to the 1998 creation of the Galápagos Marine Reserve. 

About the Photographer

José Guerrero

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

José Guerrero Vela is an Ecuadorian permanent resident of the Galapagos. His mother was born in the islands and his grandfather was one of the first generation of teachers in the Galapagos, which has always inspired him to promote education as the main path to protect the archipelago.

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