Bartolomé and Rábida Islands

Dec 10, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

As we began our first full day of exploration, we woke up anchored at Bartolomé Island, which sits in the middle of the archipelago and allows visitors to understand the succession of life here. We identified the pioneer or settler plants during the morning walk up a wooden stairway to the top of this majestic island. From this point, you have the most iconic landscape of the Galapagos. On our return to National Geographic Islander, we had a very well-deserved breakfast waiting for us. Later, we went to a nearby beach to swim and snorkel along the coast. Many of our guests found large schools of fish and marine invertebrates as well as sharks and penguins. After snorkeling, we had a typical Ecuadorian lunch while we sailed to Rábida Island.

In Rábida, we had the option of kayaking or snorkeling again, and after we were done with the water activities, we had a wet landing on a red beach to walk along the shore while the sun provided the best light for photography. Galapagos sea lions and mockingbirds were posing for us alongside some of the smallest marine iguanas.

Another great day in paradise ends.

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Fabian Bucheli


Fabian Bucheli studied at the German School in Quito, graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of science in administration, and earned a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He has studied in Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria and is fluent in German, French, English, and Spanish. He has always been in love with nature and conservation. Explaining abstract concepts became second nature as a teaching assistant in biodiversity and evolution (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) while working towards a PhD in environmental risk management.

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Ashley was raised in the foothills of the Cascade Range in Central Oregon. After childhood careers in ski racing, equestrian sports, classical piano, and summer jobs on a dude ranch, she emerged as a unique hybrid of adventuress, hobby farmer, and storyteller. 

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