Santiago Island

David Pickar, Video Chronicler, December 2019

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 11 Dec 2019

Santiago Island

  • Aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II
  • Galápagos

A fantastic morning in Santiago started with an early wake up call. The first outing was an early photography expedition on Espumilla Beach. Our photographers captured a beautiful nesting sea turtle who was going back in to the sea after laying her eggs during the night. Our guests captured fantastic shots of her going back in the water tired, weak but satisfied. Another beautiful highlight of this outing was three juvenile Galapagos hawks—the mottled plumage of these young individuals was a great pattern to photograph. The Galapagos hawk is the top predator on land in the Galapagos Islands, feeding on more than fifty different species. This juveniles where curiously looking for a prey to hunt.

After a full morning, we came back onboard to enjoy a well deserve breakfast. Our second morning outing was snorkeling; we saw many colorful fishes, sharks, rays with a very pleasant water temperature of 72 degrees.

The Ecuadorian food buffet was the highlight at lunchtime. A talk about Darwin was presented for the guests who were interested in the life of the father of evolution. At 3:00 pm, our guests went to visit a place call Puerto Egas for beach time and snorkeling. After that, everybody joined a walk along the rugged shores of Puerto Egas. The highlights of this walk were the grottos and the tide pools, where we spotted many shore birds, sea lions and fur seals. We were able to admire the sunset, beautiful colors perfect for pictures!

Once we came back on board, we had our traditional recap session followed by a great barbecue dinner arranged in the sun deck by the hotel department, under a gorgeous full moon. What a great day we had!

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