Bartolome and Sombrero Chino

Oct 26, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today began with an optional early morning wake up call, for those who wished to reach the summit of Bartolome Island by climbing 375 wooden steps, reaching about 312 feet for one of the most majestic views of the archipelago. A misty rain, called garua, makes gives a mysterious look at this wonderful place.

After our industrious morning, we returned onboard for a delicious breakfast.  After a brief rest, we were preparing to head back out for water activities, snorkeling, glass-bottom boat rides and a fun walk along the beach.

Soon we are repositioning to Sombrero Chino, where we saw the Galapagos penguin while riding the Zodiacs and snorkeling in the area.

We are now back onboard celebrating, as we have reached the peak of our expedition. It is incredible to take this journey with this small group of people, and as we explore we become a big family.

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About the Author

Celso Montalvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Celso was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At the age of nine he arrived in the Galápagos for the first time and he was profoundly touched by nature, observation, and isolation.  When he saw the sharks, rays and turtles swimming in the bay, he was triggered by a sense of wonder that he did not feel before.  Celso believes education is key to preservation. After graduating from the Naval Academy at the age of 17 he moved to New York to continue his education.

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