Santiago Island

Nov 14, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Santiago Island it is the fourth largest Island in Galapagos, and it has a rich human history. Over the past few centuries, buccaneers, whalers, and explorers have visited this island to collect giant tortoises, which were commonly used as a food source back then. Charles Darwin himself spent most of his time in this particular Island because of its rare flora and fauna present at that time.

All of the people who passed through this area left behind their footprints on the islands, sometimes with terrible consequences. Thankfully, the Galapagos National Park has run several initiatives over the last decades in an effort to restore these islands by removing all of the introduced invasive species that were brought here by humans, such as pigs, goats, and dogs. It is amazing to explore this island now and to see the positive impact in such a short period of time. Soon we will have giant tortoises roaming wild on the island again.

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About the Author

Walter Perez

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Walter was born in a very small town on the mainland of Ecuador. His first trip to the Galápagos was when he was 12 years old, visiting friends and aunt, who had moved to the islands. From the first moment he saw the Islands, he fell in love with them and knew then where his future home would be.

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