Sombrero Chino and Santiago Islands

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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Lynn Fowler

Expedition Leader

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, and one of seven children, Lynn grew up in various university towns where her father was a professor of physics. Lynn obtained her B.A. in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, followed by a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Florida, which encompassed a study of marine turtles in Costa Rica. She arrived in Galápagos in 1978 and became one of the first female naturalist guides working for the Galápagos National Park.

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José Guerrero

Naturalist

José Guerrero Vela is an Ecuadorian permanent resident of the Galápagos. His mother was born in the Galápagos and his grandfather was one of the first generation of teachers there, which has always inspired him to promote education as the main path to protect the islands.  

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