Santiago Island

 

 
 


Slightly north of the centre of the Galapagos archipelago, Santiago has several visitor sites. Three of the sites are close together on the northwest coast of the island
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      Puerto Egas  
     
 
Also known as South James Bay this place was, in the 1920s and 1960s, the site of failed attempts at salt mining. One of the main features are the tidal pools which are populated by fur seals and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Birds include the Galapagos dove and Galapagos hawk, oyster catchers and night herons.
British buccaneers used this bay as an anchorage during the 1600's as they found it an excellent area for firewood, water, salt and tortoises.
 
     
     
 
 
      Espumilla Beach  
     
 
This is long golden beach behind which are mangroves and saltwater lagoons. Turtles nest on the beach.
A tourist trail leads from the beach and through the lagoons to an area where it is possible to see both vermillion and broad-billed flycatchers, and many of the species of Darwin finches.
 
     
     
 
 
      Buccaneers Cove  
     
 
Not a popular site, the beach is home to a large number of sea lions. Originally the beach was a place where ships were hauled ashore for careening (cleaning) in the 17th and 18th centuries.
 
     
     
 
 
      Sullivan Bay  
     
 
We land on a white coral sand beach and begin our walk over lava flows less than 100 years old. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos. Most of what we see here is pahoehoe lava(a Hawaiian term), this type of lava is smooth and not to difficult to walk on. The other type of lava found in Galapagos is aa, it is very sharp and not recommended to walk on.