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Espumilla Beach, Bucanners Cove & Puerto Egas, Santiago Island

May 18, 2017 - National Geographic Islander

Today our guests experienced Santiago Island. This is the island that Darwin explored the most when he visited the Galapagos in 1835. Back in those days the only wildlife that was known from the Galapagos were the giant tortoises. For more than a century, first buccaneers and later whalers, came to the Galapagos to remove giant tortoises for food, to the extent that some populations are at the brink of extinction.

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  • Salvador Cazar Naturalist

    Salvador Cazar studied biology at the Universidad Nacional Del Sur, Bahía Blanca, in Argentina and at the Catholic University of Ecuador. Between 1988 and 1994, Salvador worked as a naturalist and tour leader for several national and international tour operators, leading groups of visitors across the Ecuadorian rain forest, Andean forest, and to Galápagos.