Santiago Island

Sep 19, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Today on our last full day in paradise, we were very fortunate to spend it at Santiago; Lindblad Expeditions’ adopted island. As part of conservation efforts, such as the ones implemented on Santiago Island, Lindblad Expeditions has helped with the recovery of the Galapagos by assisting in restoration and eradication programs.

In the morning we visited a beautiful magnetite and olivine abiogenic sand beach, which is also a well-known Pacific green sea turtle nesting ground. During our walk along the beach, we had very close encounters with brown pelicans, American oystercatchers, yellow warblers, Galapagos mockingbirds and ghost crabs. The rest of the morning was spent in the ocean kayaking, Zodiac riding, and snorkeling.

The day ended with a breathtaking sunset walk at Puerto Egas. This site has been visited for years by thousands, yet during our stay, it felt like we were the first people ever to step foot on this site. This is the magic of the Galapagos Islands, and it due to conservation and the love of our natural world by many around the globe, including our guests.

Tomorrow we will be leaving the Galapagos Islands, but the Galapagos will never leave us!

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About the Author

Gianna Haro


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. 

About the Photographer

Walter Perez

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Walter was born in a very small town on the mainland of Ecuador. His first trip to the Galápagos was when he was 12 years old, visiting friends and aunt, who had moved to the islands. From the first moment he saw the Islands, he fell in love with them and knew then where his future home would be.

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