San Cristobal Island

Dec 29, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Today, we awoke at the most southeastern point of Galapagos, San Cristobal Island. This administrative capital of Galapagos has a population of 10,000 and is home to Punta Pitt, a nesting site for blue- and red-footed boobies. As we walked along the dramatic cliffs of Punta Pitt, we had many close encounters with nesting red-footed boobies and courting blue-footed boobies. The rest of the morning was spent at a beautiful olivine beach with a playful colony of Galapagos sea lions. In the afternoon, we visited Cerro Brujo, a white-sand beach with turquoise waters, a beautiful way to end a week of exploration in Galapagos.

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Gianna Haro

Naturalist

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. 

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