Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer’s Cove & Puerto Egas

Jan 23, 2020 - National Geographic Islander


At first light we landed on Espumilla Beach and were treated to close encounters with a Galapagos hawk and a few brown pelicans feeding in the surf. We divided our group into two explorations – the long walkers that journeyed inland through the ancient mangrove forest, and the photography group that strolled along the soft red sandy beach. Later, we departed on Zodiacs along the steep cliffs of Buccaneer’s Cove followed by a few intrepid soles that went deep water snorkeling.

To round out our full day on Santiago Island, we landed at one of my favorite photographic spots, Puerto Egas. As we strolled along the lava rock bluffs, we spotted all the usual suspects – marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, Galapagos sea lions and fur seals. We made it back to the ship by sunset to enjoy a special barbecue with cocktails on the sun deck as we reminisced on our great day on Santiago Island.

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Rich Reid

National Geographic Photographer

Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Rich Reid has specialized in environmental and adventure photography for over two decades. On assignment with National Geographic Adventure magazine, he cycled Alaska’s Inside Passage by ferry and explored California’s Gaviota Coast by bike and kayak. North American Nature Photography Association elected Rich as a Fellow for his significant contributions to the nature photography industry, and he was a finalist for the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his time-lapse video documenting forest fire ecology.

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