Sombrero Chino and Santiago Island

Nov 10, 2017 - National Geographic Islander

We began our day by exploring Sombrero Chino and later in the afternoon Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island. We were able to see Galapagos penguins, sea lions, striated herons on the shores. Also the geology of the islands were very interesting and amazing to see, both from the Zodiac while riding around the coast, and on our walk later in the afternoon. We learned today about pahoehoe lava and also about one of the newest lava formations on Santiago Island, at only 118 years.   

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Cristina Ahassi


Cristina was born in Quito but spent her entire childhood in the Galápagos Islands surrounded by the nature that has inspired her passion for her work.

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Matthew Ritenour

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Matthew grew up on the Gulf of Mexico, where a love of geography, culture and history were instilled at a young age. He studied anthropology at California State University, Chico, and soon began working at the Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology (ALVA), a documentary production studio that focuses on sharing the results of anthropological research with the public. As a cinematographer and editor at ALVA, he documented research on everything from the effects of drought in California, to looted petroglyphs in the Sierra Nevada high desert, and the global trade in emeralds.

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