Punta Pitt & Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal Island

Dec 16, 2017 - National Geographic Islander


This morning we woke up at San Cristobal, the oldest island of the Archipelago which, as a consequence, is one of the most eroded by winds, swells and rains that seasonally arrive to the Galapagos. The landscape of this island was actually quite a contrast for us when comparing with the newest island of Fernandina which we visited only three days ago.

After a delicious breakfast we disembarked at a red olivine sand beach at Punta Pitt, where a family of sea lions performed playfully to welcome us. On our trek we enjoyed the outstanding landscape of giant eroded cliffs where some sea birds nest, such as the agile red footed booby. We enjoyed snorkeling and relaxing on the beach before we headed back for lunch onboard.

In the afternoon we went to visit a beautiful two kilometer white sand beach, Cerro Brujo, on the northwest side of San Cristobal. The afternoon offered a perfect light for a last session of photography of epic wildlife moments. While some snorkelers went to explore the coast some others decided to go for a walk to enjoy the last sunset of the trip. Soon after the sunset we headed back to the ship to join our captain for a farewell cocktail toast to celebrate another successful adventure on the National Geographic Islander.

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Javier Carriòn

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Javier Carriòn and Yilber Marino Pena

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Ashley Karitis

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Ashley was raised in the foothills of the Cascade Range in Central Oregon. After childhood careers in ski racing, equestrian sports, classical piano, and summer jobs on a dude ranch, she emerged as a unique hybrid of adventuress, hobby farmer, and storyteller. 

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