San Cristóbal: Punta Pitt & Cerro Brujo

May 19, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Today we got closest to the mainland and to one of the oldest islands of the Archipelago. Punta Pitt and San Cristóbal Island respectively.

We saw endemic species unique to this island, including the San Cristóbal mockingbird, the San Cristobal lava lizard. We also saw for the first time, red-footed boobies and several blue-footed boobies nest at different developmental stages, from eggs to juveniles.

Later, after lunch we disembarked at Cerro Brujo for a wonderful walk around a White Sandy beach. At 5 pm we all came back to the National Geographic Islander to sail to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos. On the way to the capital, we passed Kicker Rock, a tuff formation at sunset time. A great way to end this expedition.

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Luis Vinueza

Naturalist

Luis arrived in the Galápagos Islands for the first time when he was 11 years old in 1983, and from that time on he knew that Galápagos would one day be his home. He returned to the islands in 1995 and spent 14 months camping in a tent. Seven of those months were spent on Española Island, studying the relationship of reproductive success and mate retention of Nazca boobies. In 1997, he started working for the marine lab at the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) on different fields including diving surveys to assess the patterns of marine biodiversity around the Galápagos Marine Reserve. His research included counting lobsters and sea cucumbers and participating as an advisor for CDRS during the negotiation process that led to the 1998 creation of the Galápagos Marine Reserve. 

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