Santiago Island
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 24 Nov 2021

Santiago Island, 11/24/2021, National Geographic Endeavour II

  • Aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II
  • Galápagos

In the center of the Galapagos Islands is this large and beautiful island on which flora and fauna abound.

 

Early in the morning before breakfast, we set off for the first outing of the day. A wet landing on a brown beach marks the beginning of the day’s expedition. Here we did a photo walk along the beach. Here, an incredible amount of life and activity presents itself to us. Diving blue-footed boobies and pelicans, even mating sea turtles.

 

Back onboard, we have breakfast while the ship is repositioned to be close to our next destination, Buccaneers Cove. Here we enjoy several options like kayaking along the beautiful cliffs, which are dense with bird life, including seagulls, boobies, and pelicans, just to mention a few.

 

Another activity is wildlife viewing on our glass bottom boat where you can enjoy the Galapagos underwater realm without getting wet. For those who want to get wet, a deep water option is set up for encountering fish, sea lions, turtles, rays, and even sometimes sharks.

 

After lunch, another location on Santiago awaits. Puerto Egas was named after a businessman who tried set up a salt-mining operation in the are, before it feel under the protection of the National Park in 1958.

 

The afternoon was a mix of hiking and the photography of marine iguanas, sea lions, fur seals, all kinds of marine and migratory species. Some of us opted for a relaxing stroll on the sand, or a snorkel off the beach. Anther fantastic day in Galapagos, which ended with sun setting behind the volcanos around us.

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