"The black island" Isla San Salvador by toonsarah
Isla San Salvador Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 73 photos
In recent years a programme of eradication has removed the goats, pigs and donkeys; the Charles Darwin Centre’s breeding programme has revived the giant tortoise population; and the vegetation is gradually being restored. But even without this good news, Santiago would still be worth visiting, I think, for the drama of its relatively young (just over 100 years) lava flows.
We saw quite a lot of Santiago as in addition to a landing here on the fourth morning of our Galápagos cruise on the Angelito, we also snorkelled and had a dinghy ride along its eastern shore when moored in Sullivan Bay off Sombrero Chino on the second morning. But it was our wet landing on the black volcanic sands of James Bay (Puerto Egas) that was to be one of my favourite island visits. The trail led to an area of black lava, where we spent some time exploring the rock pools and the larger crevices, in one of which three sea lions were playfully enjoying the in-rushing sea water. I would happily have stayed here much longer than we did!
We also had a really good snorkelling session here – the first on which I saw a sea lion under water – a super end to our time here!
This is one of a series of pages about the various islands we visited on our Galápagos cruise. In those individual island pages I aim to describe in more detail what we did on each island, the environment and landscape, and the wildlife to be found there. But for detailed descriptions of the animals and plants etc I have included links to my main Galápagos page, rather than repeat myself too much here.
To follow our time here as we experienced it, please read my tips in order, starting with a panga ride
And when you have finished your visit to Santiago, do continue to the next island on our itinerary, Rabida
- In a nutshell:Sitting on the jagged-edged rocks of this other-world landscape, eye-balling a marine iguana, must be one of the quintessential Galápagos experiences
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