Bartolome & Chinese Hat

Apr 26, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we woke up for an early walk uphill to the top of Bartolome, a satellite islet of Santiago Island. This relatively young island is a good place to appreciate different geological formations such as tuff and spatter cones, and young basaltic flows. The presence of pioneer plants such as tiquilia nesiotica and the lava cactus makes of Bartolome a good place to understand how life started in Galapagos after the first colonizers stablished in newly formed islands. In the afternoon, we visited Chinese Hat, another satellite islet of Santiago Island. In this place, we enjoyed a session of snorkeling, and Zodiac rides. The presence of Galapagos penguins, Galapagos hawks, sharks and colorful fishes made up our afternoon.

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Javier Carrion

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Javier grew up on Santa Cruz island where his grandparents first arrived in the 1940´s. Veritable pioneers, his grandparents settled in the highlands where they found a place to raise their children.

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