Bartolome and Sombrero Chino

Jun 07, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Guests onboard the National Geographic Endeavour II explored both the terrestrial and marine worlds of Bartolome and Sombrero Chino. The day began with an early morning trek up 376 steps to enjoy some incredible vistas – and it was well worth the effort. During the Zodiac ride to the disembarkation site, visitors were greeted by a giant school of jumping devil rays and even a few Galapagos penguins. Bartolome Island offers a diversity of geological formations, including volcanic ash and a plethora of spatter cones. Guests learned about some of the pioneer plants of Galapagos, including the endemic lava cactus. Afterward, guests explored the marine world surrounding Bartolome, coming face to face with white-tipped reef sharks and a variety of tropical fishes. At midday, guests workshopped with expert National Geographic photographers and videographers, and attended a special talk from renowned videographer Sandesh Kadur.

In the afternoon, guests snorkeled around the coastline of the peculiarly shaped islet, Sombrero Chino. Guests swam with Galapagos penguins, tropical fishes, and reef sharks. We concluded the day’s activities with a peaceful Zodiac ride along Sombrero Chino, discussing the geology of Galapagos and unique wildlife found in the area.

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