What an exciting day! We started early in the morning with a nice stroll along a pristine beach known an Espumilla, one of the most astonishing beaches in all the Galapagos Archipelago. After this, we moved to Buccaneers Cove to enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling. Large schools of fish, marine caves, and a playful group of sea lions made this outing outstanding. For lunch, we enjoyed a delicious Ecuadorian buffet. In the afternoon, we had the opportunity to keep exploring the Island of Santiago, this time to discover Puerto Egas. Here, we spotted several shore birds, marine, and land iguanas – and the two species of the endemic Galapagos sea lion! As this day is over, everyone has an incredible collection of memories and wonderful moments of deep encounters with the unique nature of the Galapagos.
National Geographic Endeavour II
It is the end of the dry season, and the weather in the Galapagos is starting to change. Our first visit today was Dragon Hill, an area where we found land iguanas nesting. We started by exploring the rocky shore, which is also known as the intertidal zone. This is an area where we can find many invertebrates that shelter from big predators in the tidal pools. We observed marine iguanas going to the water for food. We continued to explore the inside of the island, and we found one spectacular surprise: a greater American flamingo foraging in a brackish water lagoon. This bird, like many other animals in the Galapagos, is fearless in our presence and allowed our groups to take pictures and enjoy its presence from a close distance. We finally arrived at the land iguanas’ nesting site. As the rain has not started yet, there is very little food for these herbivores. They are looking for leaves and climbing cacti to eat the very scarce greenery. After a refreshing snorkel in the nearby islets, we visited a second site for the afternoon. We anchored in Borrero Bay. We explored these shallow waters in kayaks, paddleboards, and Zodiacs while observing the interesting mangrove ecosystem. We found pelicans nesting, frigatebirds displaying, and even baby sharks swimming around the nursery. Our day ended with a circumnavigation of a small islet known as Daphne, where a group of scientists following Charles Darwin’s footsteps discovered how natural selection and evolution can take place in just a few generations. A beautiful sunset complemented our toast as we ended a great day.