Santiago Island

Dec 27, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Anchored at Santiago Island, we started our day of exploration with a pre-breakfast walk on Espumilla Beach, where we spotted the archipelago’s top predator, the Galapagos hawk. After a delicious buffet breakfast, we had the opportunity of choosing to go on a Zodiac ride or go snorkeling. Then the ship navigated to Buccaneer’s Cove for a sunset walk. We disembarked at Puerto Egas, where we explored the coast, looking for flora and fauna to photograph. At the end of the day, our galley crew surprised us with a BBQ dinner. Another fun day aboard National Geographic Islander.

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Ixora Berdonces


Ixora was born in the Galapagos Islands, back when the streets were made of sand and gravel. Void of TV and tablets, her childhood friends and pristine natural surroundings made for an inspiring upbringing. She was always drawn to the ocean and her local environment, with her first adventures taking place underwater, in mangrove estuaries, and perched in treetops. Not surprisingly, she was scuba diving before the age of 12 and led her first diving trips as a Dive Master in the Galapagos Marine Reserve when she was 18. 

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Julio Rodriguez

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Born and raised in Ecuador, the son of Spanish and American parents, Julio developed a passion for storytelling and environmental conservation at an early age. After majoring in History at Carleton College (Minnesota), with a thesis on the Basque anti-Franco movement, he taught English in Spain and made short promotional films for an energy efficiency company in India and two environmental conservation NGOs in Greece and Galapagos. 

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