Santiago Island

May 16, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

We arrived at Santiago Island in the early hours of the day. This morning we started our first outing before breakfast to the scenic Espumilla Beach. Later that morning we went to Buccaneers cove for a Zodiac ride and a last deep water snorkel along the coast.

This afternoon we went to the shore on Puerto Egas and had a great time observing marine and Galapagos land iguanas, Galapagos sea lions and fur seals, and many Santiago lava lizards all along the trail. Weather could not have been better; we had a nice balmy walk with a smooth, constant breeze the afternoon through.

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About the Author

Gilda Gonzalez


Gilda was born in Ambato, located in the very heart of the Ecuadorian Andes. Since she was a child, she loved animals, often rescuing street cats and dogs. Her parents always made sure there were nature books and plenty of Jacques Cousteau’s videos at home. She graduated from high school with a degree in chemistry and biology. Afterwards, Gilda obtained a B.A. in tourism and hotel management in Quito. She also studied English, French and German, later spending two months in Brussels, Belgium.

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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