San Cristobal Island

Dec 15, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Today we have woken up in the old realm of the Galapagos Islands, San Cristobal Island. This is one the oldest islands in the Archipelago and the administrative capital of the Galapagos. In the morning, we visited Punta Pitt, this is a nesting site for beautiful red and blue-footed boobies.

Our Galapagos expedition ended on a beautiful white sand beach, where a colony of sea lions lives with a view of a beautiful rock formation, Kicker Rock, and the sunset behind it. Our guests might be leaving the Galapagos tomorrow, but the Galapagos will never leave them!

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About the Author

Gianna Haro


Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

About the Photographer

Patricio Maldonado

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Patricio, better known as Pato amongst his friends, was born in the Galápagos Island. His family moved to the islands from the mainland and settled on the island of Santa Cruz over thirty-five years ago. Pato had an enchanted childhood in the islands, where his keen interest in the wildlife of the Galápagos was born initially through catching lizards and observing how they lost their tails. His experiences in the islands have led him to teach visitors about the need to protect this rare and unique environment.

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