Santiago Island

Nov 28, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

We woke up today in the center of the archipelago in Santiago Island, a historically important island for pirates and buccaneers. We had an early morning start with a pre-breakfast nature and photography walk where we encountered curious juvenile Galapagos hawks. The rest of the morning was spent in the water where we kayaked, Zodiac rode and snorkeled along the dramatic coast of Buccaneer’s Cove, the very same place where Buccaneers visited between the 16- and 1700s for protection.

In the afternoon, our Captain repositioned, and anchored right in front of Egas Port. A salt mine business was started here prior to the Galapagos becoming a national park. Once this happened, its operation ceased. We ended the day with a beautiful sunset hike along the wild coast of Puerto Egas and encountered shore birds, sea birds, iguanas, crabs, and the two species of sea lions we have in the Galapagos Islands. Today was another beautiful day in paradise and we were fortunate to have experienced the tameness and magic of Galapagos wildlife!

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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. 

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Liza Diaz Lalova

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Liza fell in love with the ocean as a child growing up on the Ecuadorian coast. Her passion for storytelling and photography began at the age of seven, when she began filming her friends as they recreated stories from her parents' library. Liza later combined her audiovisual passion with her love for nature by majoring in Environmental Communication and Digital Animation. She began making documentary films, animations, and photographs aimed at inspiring communities to care for their natural habitats. Liza became enchanted by the Galapagos, where she first came as a student and has continued on as a volunteer for various conservation, education and arts organizations. She is now a professional conservationist and artist dedicated to inspiring and educating in small communities around Ecuador using creative audiovisual communications.

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