Back in the central area of the Galapagos archipelago today, we visited Santiago Island. This was the last island visited by Charles Darwin during his famous voyage on the Beagle. Santiago is rich in human history.

Early in the morning, National Geographic Islander II guests started the day in the western realm of Santiago Island. We visited a gorgeous beach called Espumilla. We saw hundreds of sea turtle nests, as Espumilla is one of the most important nesting sites in the islands.

After a delicious breakfast, we relocated the ship to Caleta Bucanero. Guests had the opportunity to kayak along the coast and enjoy tours in the glass-bottom boat. The day was perfect for water activities, and we went for a second round of kayaking. Some of us enjoyed snorkeling with playful sea lions, sharks, and colorful fish.

After lunch, we navigated towards Puerto Egas. Guests chose between enjoying the beach or taking a nature walk along the coast. Both options were fantastic. On the beach, guests had a phenomenal time in the water, swimming with lots of tropical fish, sea lions, sea turtles, and sharks. The hike was very beautiful with interesting and unique landscapes.

Today’s visit was outstanding!