The last day of our expedition brought us to Santiago Island; here Charles Darwin spent nine days on land walking and exploring, and we were following his footsteps. In the morning, we visited the beautiful beach of Espumilla. An easy stroll along the mangroves and soft sand was offered before breakfast. We observed blue-footed boobies diving and Galapagos hawks. Afterwards, we enjoyed kayaking at Buccaneer’s Cove with great weather conditions: the sea was smooth, and the water was crystal clear. It was a great opportunity for deep water snorkeling with colorful fish and huge schools of sardines and black striped salemas. The afternoon brought us to Puerto Egas, a great place to enjoy time at the black, sandy beach. We also offered an optional amazing hike along the coastal area. We became amazed explorers, as Galapagos is a learning experience!
National Geographic Islander
Today was the first full day of our expedition…so exciting! We started our morning with a wonderful breakfast prepared by our expert chef. Afterwards, it was time to get ready and board our Zodiacs. Plenty of wildlife was waiting for us! Our first visit was to North Seymour Island, a place known for its abundant wildlife. We observed male frigatebirds as they displayed their gular pouches to impress the females as they flew by. This is their breeding season, and we weren’t disappointed. We found lots and lots of juveniles and babies still covered in fuzz. Blue-footed boobies amazed us with their courtship displays. We could also see booby couples that had their babies already. Our young explorers were fascinated by the diversity of animals found on this island. We enjoyed the company of lazy Galapagos sea lions and their pups, territorial lava lizards, and yet another endemic species, the Galapagos land iguana. Today we also launched our Global Explorers program. The children joined in a tour of the Bridge and learned more about the devices needed for safe navigation. Later in the afternoon, our guests enjoyed snorkeling lessons given by our expedition staff. We were ready to get in the water! Rabida Island offers a wide variety of fish species. Certainly, the most popular companions were the playful sea lions! After a quick change of clothes, we adventured into the island, this time for a nice, relaxed walk along the beach. We found nesting flamingos, which is quite rare. This species has not bred on Rabida for at least 20 years. What a sight–wow! A baby flamingo was easily spotted, along with a family of oystercatchers, several species of finches, and more sea lions. Another wonderful day in the Galapagos Islands!