Bartolome and Sombrero Chino Islands

Sep 14, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Bartolome Island is located in the heart of the Galápagos Archipelago. It is considered one of the jewels in the crown, due to its youth and the fact that it’s relatively lacking erosion, it’s an open field guide of various volcanic structures. The ochre colors of the surrounding coast and volcanoes are striking, particularly in the morning sun. The surrounding waters are rich in nutrients, therefore a snorkeling session was almost mandatory. A couple of Galápagos penguins warmed themselves in the sun not far from their rocky homes. In the afternoon, we repositioned northwards and anchored by Sombrero Chino or “Chinese Hat,” an island that has a peculiar shape given by the viscous, sticky lavas that it once erupted.

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Gaby Bohorquez


Gaby was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her first job in the Galapagos was on board a 90-passenger cruise ship as the cruise director’s assistant, and she fell under the spell of the Enchanted Isles. She returned to Guayaquil to study at the Espiritu Santo Technological University to obtain a degree in Tourism Management. Her fascination for the islands was still strong so, after finishing her studies, Gaby took the opportunity to join the Naturalist Guide’s course, jointly organized by the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station. That was back in 1992, and she has been a naturalist since, keeping her deep love and passion for the islands during all these years.

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