Description of Santiago island
Santiago Island is one of the main islands of the Galapagos archipelago. It is known for its rugged lunar landscape, with black lava fields and spectacular volcanic craters. You will be able to hike to explore the island's unique rock formations and observe a variety of local flora and fauna, including marine iguanas, sea lions, land tortoises and endemic bird species. The surrounding black sand beaches and crystal-clear waters also offer snorkeling and diving opportunities to discover the marine life of this remote and unspoiled area.
The main possible visits on Santiago island
- Sullivan bay: Sullivan Bay is a bay located on the eastern coast of Santiago Island. It is known for its lunar landscape, formed by basaltic lava flows that solidified when they came into contact with the ocean. You can explore the bay's black lava fields and unique rock formations on guided hikes, as well as the many endemic animal species in the area, such as marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and red crabs. The bay's crystal-clear waters also offer snorkeling and diving opportunities to observe marine life including rays, turtles and tropical fish. - Espumilla beach : Espumilla Beach is a beach located on the northwest coast of Santiago Island. It is known for its crystal-clear waters, fine sands and spectacular rock formations. You can go hiking to explore the beach's coastal trails and observe the region's endemic wildlife, such as marine iguanas, birds, turtles and sea lions. The beach waters also offer snorkeling opportunities to observe marine life, including octopus, moray eels, sharks and many tropical fish. - Buccaneer Cove : This is a small bay located on the northwest coast of the island. You will be able to explore the cliffs and caves of the bay by kayak or boat. You will also be able to observe the many endemic animals of the region, such as marine iguanas, seabirds and sea lions. Buccaneer Cove is also a historic site, where pirates and whalers once hid from the authorities!