Santiago Island

May 02, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today we woke up for an early walk at Espumilla Beach in Santiago Island. This island was a good place to see a mature forest of the common incense tree, typical of the lowlands of the Galapagos. The walk was invigorating and informative about the birds that we could find along the walk, such as Darwin’s finches, mockingbirds, flycatchers, Galapagos dove and even a Galapagos hawk, the top predator in this ecosystem.

At noon, after an amazing snorkeling and kayaking session along the coast of Buccaneer’s Cove, we navigated toward Puerto Egas, an outstanding lava landscape in the south part of Santiago Island. Here we had another amazing walk along the shore where we had the chance to see the two species of sea lions, the Galapagos sea lion and the fur seal. We also observed marine iguanas and sea birds such as great blue herons, lava heron, night heron, American oystercatchers, blue footed boobies, etc. We ended the day with an incredible sunset that we enjoyed before we headed back to the National Geographic Endeavour II.

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Javier Carrion


Javier grew up on Santa Cruz island where his grandparents first arrived in the 1940´s. Veritable pioneers, his grandparents settled in the highlands where they found a place to raise their children.

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Matthew Ritenour

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Matthew grew up on the Gulf of Mexico, where a love of geography, culture and history were instilled at a young age. He studied anthropology at California State University, Chico, and soon began working at the Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology (ALVA), a documentary production studio that focuses on sharing the results of anthropological research with the public. As a cinematographer and editor at ALVA, he documented research on everything from the effects of drought in California, to looted petroglyphs in the Sierra Nevada high desert, and the global trade in emeralds.

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