Santiago Island and Buccaneer's Cove

Walter Perez, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 30 Sep 2021

Santiago Island and Buccaneer's Cove, 9/30/2021, National Geographic Islander

  • Aboard the National Geographic Islander
  • Galápagos

Located in the middle of the Galápagos archipelago, Santiago has been popular amongst humans in the past. Hilly and with relatively high elevation, there are times in the year when it gets rainfall or garua, the local name for drizzle, which means that some brackish water is available periodically. Buccaneers, whalers, and other occasional visitors would stop by and get water and tortoises for fresh food. Therefore, Santiago has had different names in the last 500 years: James Island, Duke of York, Porter Island, just to name a few. Today, the Galapagos National Park encompasses the island, considered one of the most beautiful and mysterious of all.

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