Bartolome and Sombrero Chino Islands

Aug 18, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


The National Geographic Endeavour II explores the volcanic shores of Bartolome Island today; this is one of the most volcanic and young land formations in the Galapagos. Our guests will have the opportunity not only to experience the overwhelming landscape on land but also to enter the underwater realm at this location, which also happens to be a nesting site for the Galapagos penguin and home of multicolored fish and invertebrates. Sombrero Chino is a small volcanic cone eroded by weather, in between this formation and the main Island Santiago, there is a great snorkel site and our guests have another great opportunity to spot the Galapagos penguin.

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Socrates Tomala

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Socrates was raised on Santa Cruz Island located in the heart of Galapagos Archipelago.  After a childhood filled with swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing and volunteering in conservation projects, he grew very passionate about the outdoors and the natural world. 

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Christian Saa

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Christian was born on the island of Isabela in the Galápagos archipelago. He grew up on a farm and had a magical childhood devoid of cars, electricity, telephones—just pure nature and playful sea lions along the beach. At the age of seven, he moved with his family to Santa Cruz Island, the economic hub of the Galápagos Islands. His father began to work in tourism and took Christian around the islands during school vacations. It was during this time that Christian learned to love and understand the real value of this unique archipelago, and he decided to devote his life to its stewardship. A lifelong passion for nature and its creatures took root in his heart, and he eventually decided to become a naturalist, which he has now been doing for 18 years now.

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