Punta Pitt, San Cristobal

Jul 14, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


The beach at Punta Pitt this morning, is made out of olivine, incredibly soft green sand, that is the result of eroded particles of the hardest crystals and minerals that make a lava flow. The little beach transported us to an enchanted kingdom, which was completely surreal- the sparkles of crystals seemed to be the result of a fairy flying around here.  At the end of the trail,  a small colony of red footed boobies surprised us, birds facing the difficult conditions of the season where patiently taking care of the single chick on their nests;  perching by itself on an solitary branch we found one fully grown adult with red feet that had to be photographed.

San Cristobal one of the very old islands of the Galapagos group, where places like Punta Pitt are quite common, made out of volcanic ash or tuff.  As we walked up throughout the canyon, we could not be more amazed, these magnificent formations had formed all because of one volcanic event. The meeting of the hot boiling lava with the cold temperatures of the ocean produce steam that eventually compacts up making layers and layers of material that would eventually erode and make the sand of the nearby beaches. 

Cerro Brujo in the afternoon was just the best way to end the trekking on this islands, the white coralline sandy beach and the sea lions said good bye to us in the most relaxing and beautiful way possible.

What a day, what an incredible week we have all had on the living laboratory of evolution, we go home having witness why human kind needs to keep this place the way it is, it is one of the last paradises on earth and future generations have the right to see it too.

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About the Author

Ximena Cordova

Naturalist

Ximena was born in Cuenca, the third largest city of Ecuador. Located in the Andes Mountains, Cuenca is known as the cultural capital of Ecuador and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site because of its many historical buildings. Ximena gained experience with American culture as an exchange student in Santa Barbara, CA, and later, while living and working at the United Nations in New York City for four and a half years.

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