Sombrero Chino & James Island

May 11, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Today we succeeded finding our endemic flightless bird from the interior, the Galapagos penguin. Today we visited Sombrero chino in the morning and Sullivan bay (Santiago Island) in the afternoon.

We woke up for breakfast to reveal ourselves surrounded by black lava and turquoise water. Zodiac ride searching for the Galapagos penguin and everything the islands can offer. Soon after, water activities like snorkeling, kayak and going to an intimate white sandy beach just for us to enjoy.

Back onboard for lunch as we navigate to our next destination. Our expedition leader Vanessa Gallo had an inspiring presentation about Darwin, adaptation and the Galapagos; then we started our disembarkation for a walk on the “moon”.

One and a half mile walk over brand new lava with small pioneer plants and insects colonizing a new ecosystem.

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About the Author

Celso Montalvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Celso was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At the age of nine he arrived in the Galápagos for the first time and he was profoundly touched by nature, observation, and isolation.  When he saw the sharks, rays and turtles swimming in the bay, he was triggered by a sense of wonder that he did not feel before.  Celso believes education is key to preservation. After graduating from the Naval Academy at the age of 17 he moved to New York to continue his education.

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