Santiago Island

Dec 26, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Today we devoted the entire day to the beautiful island of Santiago. The morning was spent at Buccaneers Cove and our guests enjoyed kayaking options together with Zodiac rides and deep-water snorkeling. Although the visibility was not the best, a huge manta ray was spotted, as well as a large school of barracudas swimming around with a black-tipped reef shark.

National Geographic Islander repositioned towards Puerto Egas where our young explorers enjoyed their time at a black sandy beach with young sea lions as companions. There was a second opportunity for snorkeling, and this time, the water was clear. We were able to observe schools of colorful fish and playful Galapagos sea lions!

Our day ended with a great walk along the coastal area, observing Galapagos fur seals, colorful Sally lightfoot crabs, striated and great blue herons, American oystercatchers, and Galapagos land iguanas. All with a breathtaking landscape as our backdrop. Galapagos is peace on earth!

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About the Author

Vanessa Gallo


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.

About the Photographer

José Guerrero

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

José Guerrero Vela is an Ecuadorian permanent resident of the Galapagos. His mother was born in the islands and his grandfather was one of the first generation of teachers in the Galapagos, which has always inspired him to promote education as the main path to protect the archipelago.

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