Santiago Island

Mar 20, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today we woke up for an early pre-breakfast walk at Espumilla beach in Santiago Island. Here we observed many fresh sea turtle tracks from females who came to nest on this beach last night. During our walk along the beach, we also saw different bird species such as mockingbirds, blue-footed boobies, finches and brown pelicans. After a delicious breakfast, kayakers and paddleboarders explored along the shoreline, while other guests went for an outing on the glass-bottom boat to observe the wildlife of the rocky reefs of Santiago Island.

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

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About the Author

Javier Carrion


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

Luis Rodriguez


Luis was born in Quito, Ecuador, but also holds Spanish citizenship. He received a bi-national education at Lycée La Condamine, a French-Ecuadorian elementary and high school. He later lived for over a year as an exchange student in the U.S., where he started the first of several university programs in environmental studies.

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