James “Santiago” Island

Feb 21, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Santiago Island is where Charles Darwin spent the longest amount of time on land out of the four localities he visited in total. There he spent the whole of nine days, where its alleged that he said the land iguanas were so plentiful that he struggled finding a place to pitch his tent.

Today land iguanas on James Island are extinct, but soon the National Park plans to reintroduce them from captive breeding at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

In the morning, we kayaked before breakfast while other guests went to Espumilla Beach for a walk. Then we snorkeled before heading to Puerto Egas, where we visited a fur seal grotto. A great day to be sure!

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Fabian Bucheli


Fabian Bucheli studied at the German School in Quito, graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of science in administration, and earned a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He has studied in Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria and is fluent in German, French, English, and Spanish. He has always been in love with nature and conservation. Explaining abstract concepts became second nature as a teaching assistant in biodiversity and evolution (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) while working towards a PhD in environmental risk management.

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