San Cristobal Island

Mar 10, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Our last day in the Galapagos Islands was a highlight; we spent all day at San Cristobal Island also known by its English name as Chatam. San Cristobal is the administrative capital of the Galapagos Islands with about eight thousand inhabitants; however, most of the land mass and marine areas of this island are more importantly a National Park. Our first visit on San Cristobal Island was Punta Pitt, this is a beautiful tuff cone point where red and blue Footed Boobies nest. The afternoon took us to Cerro Brujo, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos Islands and probably in the world. Cerro Brujo is a white sand beach bathed by crystalline water where large schools of sardines swim around as numerous blue-footed boobies dive in to feed on them. The highlight of the day and the whole week were everyone’s favorite, sea lion pups! As we explored the tide pools, sea lion pups came to us curious and playful. 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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