The Santiago Island coast has a green backdrop of large opuntia prickly pear and palo santo trees. As we explore, we encounter Galapagos hawks, brown pelicans, brown noddies, and Nazca boobies along the coast. An invigorating snorkel finishes our morning as we come upon schools of razer surgeon fish, parrot fish, and whitetip reef sharks.

In the afternoon, we head to Puerto Egas with a Galapagos croton and palo santo forest that welcomes us as we land on a black sand beach. Hikers encounter Galapagos fur seals and Galapagos sea lions lazing on the coast.