Santiago Island

Jun 13, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


The Galapagos Islands were discovered and rediscovered a few times in the past. Consequently, all of the islands have more than one name. Santiago, located in the central part of the archipelago, is also known as James Island. James was a popular hideout for pirates and buccaneers that would prey on the Spanish galleons found nearby. Here, they were able to find tortoise meat and some fresh water in order to sustain themselves and make their long journeys back home. Today, Santiago is totally uninhabited, and thanks to the great restoration efforts by The Galapagos National Park Directory, this island is full of beautiful landscapes and, just like the other Galapagos islands, it looks like a place untouched by the time.

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Gaby Bohorquez

Naturalist

Gaby was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her first job in the Galapagos was on board a 90-passenger cruise ship as the cruise director’s assistant, and she fell under the spell of the Enchanted Isles. She returned to Guayaquil to study at the Espiritu Santo Technological University to obtain a degree in Tourism Management. Her fascination for the islands was still strong so, after finishing her studies, Gaby took the opportunity to join the Naturalist Guide’s course, jointly organized by the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station. That was back in 1992, and she has been a naturalist since, keeping her deep love and passion for the islands during all these years.

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