Today National Geographic Endeavour II visited one of the most spectacular islands in the archipelago. Santiago Island is one the islands that was visited by Charles Darwin and was possibly his favorite since he spent the longest amount of time here on his five-week-long visit to the Galapagos in 1835. Today we visited three different sites and enjoyed activities ranging from kayaking to snorkeling, starting before breakfast and continuing until sunset.
National Geographic Endeavour II
Española is the oldest of the Galapagos Islands. It sits on the southeastern end of the archipelago. The Galapagos are volcanic islands that formed over a geological “hot spot.” As the tectonic Nazca Plate slides to the southeast over the volcano-producing area, new islands emerge. This means that the islands towards the northwest are the youngest and the ones on the opposite end are the oldest.