Bartholomew and Rábida Islands

Oct 01, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

We started our day at Bartholomew Island, on the southeastern end of Santiago Island. We set out early in the morning to explore this iconic place. On our way to the highest point on the island, we learned about the geology of the archipelago and enjoyed the spectacular scenery, including the emblematic Pinnacle Rock. Conditions for snorkeling were excellent, and our guests took advantage of the opportunity right after breakfast.

During our Ecuadorian feast for lunch, we moved to Rábida Island, where we had our second snorkeling excursion of the day and our first chance to go kayaking.

We finished the day with a walk on Rabida’s red sandy beach, inhabited by Galapagos sea lions.

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Giancarlo Toti


Giancarlo was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador where he attended both elementary and high school at the American School of Guayaquil. After high school he became fascinated by technology, so he decided to pursue a career as an industrial engineer at the Polytechnic Institute of Guayaquil (ESPOL). After four years working for a CAT dealership, Giancarlo was hired by the Charles Darwin Research Station to head the marine lab’s operations and logistics division. At the same time, he became a dive officer for the Research Station.

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