San Cristobal Island

Feb 10, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


For our last expedition day, we visited one of the oldest islands of the archipelago, San Cristobal Island. This is also the administrative capital of the islands and the eastern most point in the archipelago. In the morning we disembarked on an olivine beach welcomed by a small colony of sea lions. Here we hiked up a tuff cone formation to look for red and blue footed boobies. As we walked along the trail we had close encounters with bright blue and bright red footed birds, dancing their courtship ritual and others feeding their chicks. It is amazing to experience such close encounters with such beautiful creatures and observe their behavior as if we were not there. To finish an amazing expedition, in the afternoon we saw the sun set as we walked along a white sand beach called Cerro Brujo, surrounded by Galapagos sea lions coming back to rest on shore. Our guests might be leaving the Galapagos, but the Galapagos will never leave them!

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Gianna Haro

Naturalist

Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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