Santiago Island

Nov 14, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


Today we woke up in the middle of the Archipelago in Lindblad Expedition’s adopted Island, Santiago. In the morning, we went for a pre-breakfast hike and encountered curious and hungry Galapagos hawks looking for ghost crabs. Some of our guests went for a rigorous kayak outing instead of the hike. After breakfast, the rest of the morning was spent in the water with a beautiful snorkeling and Zodiac ride. The day ended with a breathtaking sunset hike in Puerto Egas, where we encountered sea lion pups feeding, shore birds and reptiles. Today was another magical day in the Enchanted Islands!

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Gianna Haro

Naturalist

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. 

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Vanessa Gallo

Naturalist

Vanessa Gallo’s grandparents arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1936, making her the third generation of her family to live and work in this magical archipelago. She left the islands for the capital city of Quito for high school, where she discovered that learning foreign languages was one of her main interests. Coming from a family of naturalist guides, it was not a surprise that she also became one at the age of 17. Vanessa left the islands once again for Switzerland, where she earned a diploma in tourism and strengthened her language skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She has also travelled extensively to destinations including as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, the Canary Islands, Mauritius, and many European countries.

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