San Cristobal Island

Sep 09, 2017 - National Geographic Islander

This was our full last day in paradise and it was terrific! We visited one of the older islands of the Galapagos archipelago, San Cristobal. In the morning we enjoyed a great hike up to an eroded tuff cone with wonderful views and wildlife. We saw blue footed boobies nesting in the middle of the trail, red footed boobies nesting on the bushes, and frigate birds trying to recover from stealing. In the afternoon we went to a gorgeous beach known as Cerro Brujo. Here the organic white sand enhances the color of the surrounding turquoise waters. The solitude of the place is an inspiration for us humans to keep working on preserving the pristine places all around the world!

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Vanessa Gallo


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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