SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

Jun 29, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


The sun rose this morning in the Galapagos Islands and our guests aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II awoke up to a new view, a new island, ready to make new memories. The island we visited today was San Cristobal, also known as Chatham. This is one of the oldest islands of this archipelago and it is also the administrative capital, but today we are visiting National Park areas starting at Punta Pitt. This olivine beach is home to a colony of sea lions, and as we disembarked on the beach young sea lions welcomed us from the water, inviting us to play with them.

Punta Pitt is also home to a variety of beautiful seabirds, including red-footed boobies, as well as Nazca boobies and blue-footed boobies. As we hiked along the trail in Punta Pitt, we had close encounters with blue-footed booby chicks and adults reminding us once again how tame animals in the Galapagos are, and showing us that it is possible to coexist in harmony through conservation.

As the sun set, we enjoyed a beautiful afternoon beach walk among sea lions at Cerro Brujo, a beautiful white sanded beach in San Cristobal Islands. Our guests aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II might be leaving the Galapagos Islands tomorrow, but the Galapagos will never leave them!

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Gianna Haro

Naturalist

Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

About the Photographer

Christian Saa

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Christian was born on the island of Isabela in the Galápagos archipelago. He grew up on a farm and had a magical childhood devoid of cars, electricity, telephones—just pure nature and playful sea lions along the beach. At the age of seven, he moved with his family to Santa Cruz Island, the economic hub of the Galápagos Islands. His father began to work in tourism and took Christian around the islands during school vacations. It was during this time that Christian learned to love and understand the real value of this unique archipelago, and he decided to devote his life to its stewardship. A lifelong passion for nature and its creatures took root in his heart, and he eventually decided to become a naturalist, which he has now been doing for 18 years now.

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