Mar 30, 2018 - National Geographic Islander
Smooth sailing much of the night brought us to the central island of Santiago. When we awoke and gazed towards shore we were surprised by a totally new landscape! We were anchored beside an extensive barren lava field that we know poured forth as hot molten lava in 1897. Whaling ships working in the archipelago recorded a major eruption that continued for weeks and spread along this southeastern coast of Santiago. This morning we explored the lava and coast, first by Zodiac, kayak and paddle boards, then while snorkeling. In the afternoon, we hiked on a smooth section of pahoehoe lava at the northern edge of the flow.
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