Video from Puerto Egas
After breakfast in Darwins restaurant we were ready for the Long Walk and optional snorkel at Puerto Egas. We did a wet landing south of James Bay at the west side of Santiago. There is a long, lava shoreline where eroded rock formations
house an excellent variety of wildlife. Marine iguanas bask in the sun. The tide pools contain many Sally Lightfoot crabs, which attract other types of hunters. At the beach and rocks there were Marine Iguana, Sea Lions and Galapagos Fur Seals. We also saw Blue footed booby, Lava Heron, Oystercatcher and Warblers and inland the Finches and the Galapagos Hawk.
The optional snorkelling allowed for swimming with the sealsand a large number and variety of fish.
James Bay, Puerto Egas
Puerto Egas and Southern James Bay is located northwest of Santiago
Island, fascinating place to visit because they had a great volcanic
activity in the past. Puerto Egas is one of the most popular sites in
the Galapagos Archipelago. It has a beautiful black sand beach where you
can see the ruins consist of a salt company and its many inhabitants as
the sea lions, chameleons, lizards and lava herons.
Puerto Egas was formerly used for salt mining, which took in large
quantities. At South Beach is located Sugarloaf Volcano, which has
deposits of volcanic tuff, the same that have favored the formation of
black sand beach.
The crater is a saltwater lagoon, the same as in summer dries
out and becomes a salt mine. Between 1928 and 1930, a first exploitation
of salt, it had no major accomplishments. Then in 1964 there was a new
holding, the same as hard a time.
Puerto Egas, was named because of the last operation performed by
Egas Héctor company, which failed because the price of salt in the
continent was very cheap and did not justify exploitation in the
Galapagos. The project was abandoned and left across their
Tourists can take a walk along the coast on a lava flow of ash
covered by coastal vegetation, which is usually hawks, doves land, lava
lizards, finches, mockingbirds on the shore of the sea was especially
low tide and about lots of crabs.