Dec 25, 2017 - National Geographic Islander
Today’s Christmas expedition took place in two different islands. In the morning we visited Bartolome, which has the Galapagos iconic image of Pinnacle Rock, a tuff cone formation on an extinct volcano. We woke up to the sunrise to climb some 360 steps to arrive to 114 meters of altitude in the highest part of the island to a beautiful view of 100 years old lava fields. After the hike we took our expedition to the water and went snorkeling with Galapagos penguins, white-tipped reef sharks, marbled rays and lots of fish.
In the afternoon we moved to Rabida Island. This island was named after the convent where Christopher Columbus left his kid while he went traveling around the Americas. Besides its interesting history this island has also an interesting geology marked by its red sand beaches and cliffs due to high concentrations of oxidized iron. Just as we started a beautiful day with the rise of the sun, we ended an amazing expedition day with a breathtaking sunset. What a beautiful Christmas in paradise!
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