Punta Pitt and Cerro Brujo

Sep 08, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


It’s been a great expedition aboard National Geographic Islander this week, and we spotted lots of animals around the Galapagos islands. Even on our last day, we had the opportunity to observe new animals. Here on San Cristobal Island, we saw the endemic mockingbird, the endemic lava lizard, as well as our third species of boobies - the Galapagos red-footed booby nesting in a tree.

This morning our guests were surrounded by five young sea lions that spent their time playing, swimming and blowing bubbles with us during our snorkeling activity, What a great time! In the afternoon, National Geographic islander headed to Cerro Brujo, a magical white sandy beach where we were immersed in a warm sunset, surrounded by nature, peace, and gratitude for this wonderful expedition.

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Ixora Berdonces

Naturalist

Ixora was born in the Galapagos Islands, back when the streets were made of sand and gravel. Void of TV and tablets, her childhood friends and pristine natural surroundings made for an inspiring upbringing. She was always drawn to the ocean and her local environment, with her first adventures taking place underwater, in mangrove estuaries, and perched in treetops. Not surprisingly, she was scuba diving before the age of 12 and led her first diving trips as a Dive Master in the Galapagos Marine Reserve when she was 18. 

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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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