SANTIAGO ISLAND

Mar 06, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we woke up early for a pre-breakfast walk at Espumilla Beach on Santiago Island. Here we had the opportunity to observe many fresh sea turtle tracks, from females that came to this beach last night to nest. During our wonderful walk along the beach, we spotted many different bird species, such as flycatchers, blue-footed boobies and yellow warblers. After a delicious breakfast, kayakers and paddle-boarders explored along the shore, while other guests went for a ride in the glass-bottom boat to observe the wildlife of the rocky reefs of Santiago Island.

In the afternoon, after a delicious lunch onboard the National Geographic Endeavour II, we visited Puerto Egas. This shoreline has incredible scenery, creating the perfect backdrop for photographers. We had the chance to spend some time with the sea lions basking on the beach, while some guests went for a swim in the warm waters of this island. We finished our full day with a delicious dinner served on the sky deck of National Geographic Endeavour II.

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About the Author

Javier Carrion

Naturalist

Javier grew up on Santa Cruz island where his grandparents first arrived in the 1940´s. Veritable pioneers, his grandparents settled in the highlands where they found a place to raise their children.

About the Photographer

Gianna Haro

Naturalist

Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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