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Santiago Island, Galapagos


Also known by it’s English name of James Island, Santiago Island was formed by two overlapping volcanos. The southwestern volcano erupted along a linear fissure, and is therefore significantly lower in altitude than its northwestern neighbor. The island features dramatic altitude changes as a result, and fascinating geographic features occupied by wildlife including Galapagos fur sea lions, Sally lightfoot crabs, sea turtles, and flamingos.

Egas Port – One of the most popular sites in the Galapagos, Egas Port on the western coast of Santiago Island features a long, black sand lava beach. Sally lightfoot crabs shuffle around the tidal pools, marine iguanas lounge in the sand, and Galapagos fur sea lions bask in the sun. The volcanic rock makes for interesting underground formations, not to mention marine life like reef sharks, rays, and turtles.

Buccaneer Cove – Steep, guano-covered volcanic cliffs drop dramatically to this protected cove on the western sands of Santiago Island. Pirates and buccaneers are said to have stopped here for years to stock up on fresh water and tortoise meat in the 17th and 18th century. The dark red sand, presided over by cliff-dwelling sea birds, makes for an interesting reflection on the island’s history and geology.

Espumilla Bay – Situated on the north end of Egas Port on Santiago Island’s western shores, Espumilla Bay is a sandy beach flanked by mangroves. Sally lightfoot crabs scuttle along the shorelines, careful to evade the predator hunting herons that pursue them from above. Sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand, and Darwin finches and flycatchers thrive in the dense mangrove swamps around the beach.

 

Traveling to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu was a dream vacation for my wife. After much research we booked our trip through Andean Discovery. We are so glad we did. Everything went smoothly and our personal guides in Ecuador and Peru were wonderful. I would highly recommend Andean Discovery to anyone thinking of taking a similar trip.
Arnold Miniman
Arnold Miniman
15:29 14 Dec 18
Thanks to Andean our vacation was a wonderful experience for our entire family of 15 (8 adults and 7 grand kids aged 16 to 9).. The planning for the trip to the Galapagos was well researched; the hotels, guides and itinerary were spot on. They answered our many questions before we departed and there NO disappointments during the vacation. It was the most memorable trip our family has taken.
Mary Ann Fuller
Mary Ann Fuller
18:00 22 Jan 19
Damon put together the perfect itinerary for our group of 7 - including grandparents. His knowledge of the region is superb, which is why he is able to create the ultimate trip for your family. From whitewater rafting in Peru to zip-lining in Ecuador, we truly had the trip of a lifetime! I wouldn't go with anyone else!
Carolyn Malloy
Carolyn Malloy
12:40 31 Jan 19
Our trip was fantastic and Micaela with Andean Discovery was great! Every detail was taken care of ahead of time. We just showed up and enjoyed the beauty of South America. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
marc abrams
marc abrams
23:33 23 Nov 18
We traveled with our family of 3 people. Andean did a wonderful job helping us select an itinerary that was able to accommodate our various ages. We had no glitches in a fairly complicated itinerary and everything came off as planned. Our local guide in Quito Johanna was terrific. I can't recommend Sacha Lodge more highly. Our experience in Galapagos on the Coral 1 was magical. While the crew of the Coral 1 could have been more charming and smiled on occasion they were helpful, the food was very good and the rooms were kept clean. I have no reservations in recommending Andean Discovery for your South American Holiday
Victor Elinoff
Victor Elinoff
23:26 07 Jan 19
My family toured the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu in Peru with Andean Discovery guides and reservations. We had a fabulous adventure! I recommend highly that "superior lodging" be chosen as an option for the best possible room accommodations. The marvelous comfort of the fine hotels Andean booked for us made all the difference.
Kathryn Fulhorst
Kathryn Fulhorst
21:36 08 Jan 19