Santiago Island

Dec 25, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


On Christmas Day, we woke up in the center of the archipelago to visit a very special island, Santiago Island. This is Lindblad’s adopted island, and thanks to its help, today we can experience the real beauty of this magical island just as it was before the introduction of invasive species.

In the morning, we visited Espumilla Beach for a pre-breakfast hike and we had a very special encounter with a juvenile Galápagos hawk that came to inspect us. The rest of the morning was spent in the water with different activities, such as outings in our glass-bottom boat, kayaking, and snorkeling. In the afternoon, we visited one of the naturalists’ favorite sites, Puerto Egas, where we walked along the shoreline, sharing our Christmas with unique Galápagos species.

This has definitely been a magical and memorable Christmas. Merry Christmas from the Galápagos Islands!

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About the Author

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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