Santiago Island

Jul 11, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


Early in the morning before breakfast, we had our first outing of the day. A wet landing on Santiago Island’s brown sand beach marked the beginning of a fantastic expedition. This is one of the largest islands in the Galapagos and houses an abundance of wildlife. A young Darwin spent most of his time collecting specimens here. In the same spirt of exploration, we observed seabirds like boobies and pelicans diving for fish as well as many ghost crabs playing hide and seek in the sand!

Back on board, we had a delicious breakfast as we navigated toward Buccaneers cove. We enjoyed several water activities such as kayaking and paddleboarding. While snorkeling, one could see many fish and colors as well as other creatures like sea lions, rays and sharks. All options gave us ample opportunity to see wildlife.

In the afternoon, guests had the choice to relax, or go on a hike where marine iguanas, sea lions, fur seals, and all kinds of marine and migratory species were photographed without much difficulty. For those who chose a more relaxed pace, a light stroll along the shore offered a backdrop of beautiful cliffs and the surrounding waters.

It was another great day in the Galapagos.

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Patricio Maldonado

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Patricio, better known as Pato amongst his friends, was born in the Galápagos Island. His family moved to the islands from the mainland and settled on the island of Santa Cruz over thirty-five years ago. Pato had an enchanted childhood in the islands, where his keen interest in the wildlife of the Galápagos was born initially through catching lizards and observing how they lost their tails. His experiences in the islands have led him to teach visitors about the need to protect this rare and unique environment.

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