Sombrero Chino Islet and Santiago Island

Sep 01, 2017 - National Geographic Islander


We woke up and the sky was covered by clouds. Good conditions to start our activities at Sombrero Chino, kayaking and Zodiac ride along the coast. Pelicans, brown noddies, Galapagos sea lions were spotted. The snorkeling here was spectacular, everything was seen: sharks, rays, red spiny lobster and lots of fish.

The afternoon was spent at Sullivan Bay, a young lava flow, dating back from 1897, it is the start of life in a hostile environment. It is just amazing to see the power of nature!

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Vanessa Gallo

Naturalist

Vanessa Gallo’s grandparents arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1936, making her the third generation of her family to live and work in this magical archipelago. She left the islands for the capital city of Quito for high school, where she discovered that learning foreign languages was one of her main interests. Coming from a family of naturalist guides, it was not a surprise that she also became one at the age of 17. Vanessa left the islands once again for Switzerland, where she earned a diploma in tourism and strengthened her language skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She has also travelled extensively to destinations including as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, the Canary Islands, Mauritius, and many European countries.

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