"Santiago - Isla San Salvador" Isla San Salvador by MalenaN
Isla San Salvador Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 73 photos
On the 6th day with M/S Cachalote we had visited Cerro Dragón on Isla Santa Cruz in the morning and there we had a nice and sunny weather. Unfortunately there was no wind, because if there had been wind we would have used the sails for the first and only time during the cruise, when navigating to Santiago. Approaching the island sailing would have been very nice. Now we used the engine as usual and it took 2h from Cerro Dragón to Santiago and Sullivan Bay.
As we approached Santiago the sky had become very grey and it seemed the rest of the day would be like that. But after lunch and some rest it had luckily become clear with blue sky again. Also the night continued to be clear with one of those beautiful skies you never see near civilisations. Even if there were some lights on the boat you could see the Milky Way, millions of stars and shooting-stars. Amazing!
Santiago (Isla San Salvador) is the 4th largest of the Galapagos Islands and it is also one of four islands that Charles Darwin visited in 1835. Sullivan Bay, which is the only place we visited on Santiago, is situated on the east coast of the island. In the afternoon we went snorkelling from the panga along the coast. We were in the water for 1.5 hours and it was excellent snorkelling with an abundant marine life.
After snorkelling we went back to Cachalote to change and then we went out in the panga again to go ashore. It was a dry landing. In the water we had seen a rich marine life, but on land you will not see much vegetation or wildlife. Sullivan Bay is mostly visited for its geology. Here there is a trail over a huge lava field, created during an eruption of the volcano in 1897. If you look close at the solidified lava you will see many interesting shapes and patterns. And at some places you can see how oxidation has coloured the lava. A few plants like lava cactus, Mollugo and Oily Pectis, has started to colonize the lava field.
Just off the coast at Sullivan Bay is the small island of San Bartolomé, and on San Bartolomé there are penguins along the coast facing Sullivan Bay. When we went back to Cachalote we could see them from the panga.
The snorkeling along the edge of the lava flow at Sullivan Bay was excellent and we stayed in the water for 1.5 hours.... more travel advice
The brown Pelican can be found in many areas along the American Pacific and Atlantic coasts, but on Galapagos Islands... more travel advice
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