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  • A panga ride off Santiago

    Our first introduction to Santiago came on our second day of cruising, when we anchored off the south-east coast to visit tiny Sombrero Chino opposite. Before landing on Sombrero Chino, Fabian and one of the crew steered our pangas towards the opposite shore. Here we motored slowly along the shoreline, giving us a sea-level view of one of the most...

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  • Puerto Egas – the trail to the fur seal...

    There are two possible trails here. One leads inland to the old salt mine workings, but we took the second, which leads along the coast to the area known for its dramatic rock formations and tide pools. This is a fairly easy two km walk, at first among Opuntia (prickly pear) cacti. There were other more colourful plants too – the beach morning...

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  • Puerto Egas – on the lava rocks

    This bizarre landscape of twisted black lava and hidden rock pools was one of my favourite sites in all the islands we visited. Sitting on the jagged-edged rocks of this other-world landscape, eye-balling a marine iguana, must be one of the quintessential Galápagos experiences. Much of the lava here is in the formation known as “pahoehoe”. This has...

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  • Snorkeling at Sullivan Bay

    The snorkeling along the edge of the lava flow at Sullivan Bay was excellent and we stayed in the water for 1.5 hours. We visited several great snorkeling locations during the cruise with M/S Cachalote, but I think this was my favourite. The sky was clear this day and the visibility in the water was good as well.As in other places there were many...

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  • Galapagos Penguin

    The Galapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) is endemic to Galapagos Islands and it is also the only penguin that can be found here. They are not very common, but there are only around a thousand couples. After El Niño years the population become smaller though as food supply decreases. The Galapagos Penguin can mostly be found around Isla...

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  • Brown Pelican

    The brown Pelican can be found in many areas along the American Pacific and Atlantic coasts, but on Galapagos Islands you will find the endemic subspecies Pelecanus occidentalis urinator. They can be found by the coast on most islands.The Brown Pelicans are large birds with a length of 105-152cm and a wingspan of 203-228cm. They have very long...

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    Angelito in St James Bay 2 more images

    by toonsarah Updated Dec 22, 2012

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    On the morning of the fourth day of our Galápagos cruise on the Angelito we returned to Santiago after an all night crossing from Genovesa. We anchored in James Bay on the north-west side of the island. At the southern end of this bay lies Puerto Egas, our landing place. The landing here is a wet one, on to a volcanic black sand beach. One thing that struck me during our week in the Galápagos was the variety in the colour of the islands’ beaches – black here on Santiago, white on many others (e.g. Española, North Seymour and Sombrero Chino), yellow on Bartolomé, and even red on Rabida. Fabian explained that the dark colours, as here, soak up the sun’s heat and can become uncomfortable for the sea lions and other animals on a hot day, whereas the white beaches of many of the islands stay cool because they reflect the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them. So when it is hot you will see more sea lions on a white beach than on a black one.

    However, we were here pretty early, at about 6.30 AM, and heat wasn’t a problem, so we were met as so often by a small welcoming committee of Galápagos sea lions. There were also a few Blue-footed Boobies on the low cliffs alongside the beach (photo three), some oyster-catchers and other sea birds.

    But we didn’t spend long on the beach and soon headed off on the trail.

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Isla San Salvador Sports & Outdoors

  • Snorkelling off the south-east coast

    On the first full day of our cruise we had our first snorkelling opportunity, off the south-east coast of Santiago (after our morning walk on Sombrero Chino). As this was the first such outing, all of us who wanted to snorkel were first fitted with mask, snorkel, flippers and wetsuits. The first three items are provided free of charge on the...

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  • Snorkelling in St James Bay

    Our snorkelling session here was directly from the beach at Puerto Egas. We had brought all our gear when we landed first thing in the morning for our walk on the trail to the fur seal grottos, and worn swimwear under our shorts etc., so it didn’t take too long for us to pull on the wetsuits, flippers and masks/snorkels. Swimming from the beach...

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