San Cristóbal: Punta Pitt and Cerro Brujo

Feb 09, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we visited Punta Pitt, the nearest point to mainland Ecuador. This location is a bit warmer than the South part of San Cristobal. The landscape is beautiful and different from all the other Islands we have visited. The olivine beach was the beginning of our hike. As we climbed uphill, we observed several lava lizards that are endemic to this island; and from my perspective the most beautiful species of lizards from the Galapagos. One male was chasing a centipede, but was unable to capture it.

On the hill we observed a few pairs of red-footed boobies nesting on the tress and several blue-footed boobies incubating their eggs on the ground. We also saw a few female marine iguanas digging their nests. The marine iguanas from Punta Pit are one of the seven subspecies of marine iguanas found in the Galapagos.

In the afternoon we visited Wizard hill, a beautiful sandy beach composed of fine organic sediments was the perfect set to end our cruise. We observed oystercatchers, great blue herons, pelicans and sea lions on beach. Finally, we sailed around Kicker Rock one of the most beautiful tuff formations of the Galapagos and the sunset was amazing.

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Luis Vinueza

Naturalist

Luis arrived in the Galápagos Islands for the first time when he was 11 years old in 1983, and from that time on he knew that Galápagos would one day be his home. He returned to the islands in 1995 and spent 14 months camping in a tent. Seven of those months were spent on Española Island, studying the relationship of reproductive success and mate retention of Nazca boobies. In 1997, he started working for the marine lab at the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) on different fields including diving surveys to assess the patterns of marine biodiversity around the Galápagos Marine Reserve. His research included counting lobsters and sea cucumbers and participating as an advisor for CDRS during the negotiation process that led to the 1998 creation of the Galápagos Marine Reserve. 

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