Bartolome & Sombrero Chino Islands

May 24, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


As the sun rose early in the morning, we found ourselves in front of Bartholomew Island in the central realm of Galapagos. We went out onto our Zodiacs and arrived ashore before breakfast to hike to the top of a large cinder cone and from there had an impressive view of Bartholomew’s volcanic landscape. After the hike we went to the beach, on a ride along the coast on the glass bottom boat and also deep water snorkeling from the Zodiacs.

After lunch we headed towards Chinese Hat Islet and on our way we encountered a pod of bottle nosed dolphins that accompanied us for a little while. This afternoon we went snorkeling from the Zodiacs and had the company of Galapagos Penguins, lots of fish, and sea lions. We ended this afternoon with an exciting coastal exploration with all spotting penguins, pelicans, and frigates.

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Gilda Gonzalez

Naturalist

Gilda was born in Ambato, located in the very heart of the Ecuadorian Andes. Since she was a child, she loved animals, often rescuing street cats and dogs. Her parents always made sure there were nature books and plenty of Jacques Cousteau’s videos at home. She graduated from high school with a degree in chemistry and biology. Afterwards, Gilda obtained a B.A. in tourism and hotel management in Quito. She also studied English, French and German, later spending two months in Brussels, Belgium.

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