Marine Iguana

Marine Iguana

Puerto Egas, located on James Bay on the western side of Santiago Island, has black volcanic formations that provide shelter to a number of creatures.  On our panga ride we passed a blue footed boobie poised on a rock.  Several Galapagos hawks perched with expansive views.  Marine iguanas sun themselves on rocks and watch your step for lava lizards.  Shoreline pools provide fur sea lions with resting spots.  A sea turtle made its way up an inlet.  Sea lions like the beach which was lined with flowers such as the magenta star shape of the beach morning glory.  Of course, finches also call Santiago home.

Galapagos Sunset

Galapagos Sunset

In the afternoon we landed at Espumilla Beach and hiked past a bracken pond where baby ducks followed their mother for a cooling swim.  We passed poison apple trees whose fruit is edible by tortoises.  Finches and mockingbirds flitted in the trees.  As we climbed we passed giant incense trees.  Our destination was atop a dry waterfall where a lava lizard poised at the precipice.  Fire ants have invaded this area but we didn’t encounter any as we made our way through the thick underbrush crowding the trail.

A scenic boat ride at dusk to Buccaneer Cove afforded views of craggy cliffs.  In the 17th and 18th centuries, pirates and whalers used the cove as a safe place to rest and load up on supplies such a water and food (tortoises).  Another beautiful sunset concluded the day.

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