Bartolome and Sombrero Chino

Jul 19, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

The central islands of the Galapagos Archipelago are varied in colours and landscapes. This morning we visited Bartolome with its iconic views over Sullivan Bay, and it is known a small colony of Galapagos penguins live in the area. A challenging hike to the summit of this tiny island was on schedule in the early morning, and later we enjoyed the sea and the sand of the surroundings.

Sombrero Chino is a spatter cone just off shore from Santiago Island. The landscape is quite unique with its brand new lava flows, black and treacherous, dating back to as early as 1897. The channel that divides islet and island is very rich in nutrients, and thanks to that we had a fantastic time snorkeling and exploring the shoreline.

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About the Author

Gaby Bohorquez


Gaby was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her first job in the Galapagos was on board a 90-passenger cruise ship as the cruise director’s assistant, and she fell under the spell of the Enchanted Isles. She returned to Guayaquil to study at the Espiritu Santo Technological University to obtain a degree in Tourism Management. Her fascination for the islands was still strong so, after finishing her studies, Gaby took the opportunity to join the Naturalist Guide’s course, jointly organized by the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station. That was back in 1992, and she has been a naturalist since, keeping her deep love and passion for the islands during all these years.

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José Guerrero

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

José Guerrero Vela is an Ecuadorian permanent resident of the Galapagos. His mother was born in the islands and his grandfather was one of the first generation of teachers in the Galapagos, which has always inspired him to promote education as the main path to protect the archipelago.

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