Punta Pit and Leon Dormido

Oct 06, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Our exploration today took us to one of the oldest islands of this fantastic Archipelago: San Cristobal.  We were greeted immediately upon landing on a golden beach at Punta Pitt by Galapagos sea lions and Darwin finches.  A marvelous blue sky was going to be the perfect companion for a spectacular exploration.   

The experience of hiking among giant tuff cones was something very difficult to describe: ancient volcanic cones all over the place, volcanic ash that looked like concrete making beautiful walls throughout the trail, but the main charm were definitely the songs that land birds were singing, providing a beautiful soundtrack for a marvelous hike.   Once we reached the highest elevation, we enjoyed a superb view of Punta Pitt Bay.  The deep blue sea made the perfect color contrast for an awe-inspiring picture. 

At the end of the trail, we finally saw the main attraction of the visit: red-footed boobies.  Just being there was an incredible experience: seabirds of different kinds soaring all over the place, Chatham mockingbirds and ground finches singing beautiful melodies, and colorful San Cristobal lava lizards running over the volcanic ash.  As we came back to the beach, we spent a magic moment swimming in the waves that splashed along the shoreline.  Once back on board National Geographic Islander, it was time to head to our next destination.

In the afternoon the exploration just got better. We went to Cerro Brujo, an emblematic site also called Finger Hill by Captain Robert Fitzroy.  This is a white, coralline beach inhabited by sea lions.  The weather was just perfect, and the colors were vibrant during this sunny afternoon.  What a great way to say goodbye to these islands, with a marvelous sunset. 

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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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