Bartolome & Chinese Hat Islands

Jan 03, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

This morning we visited the small and amazing island of Bartolome. Many of our guests enjoyed an optional early walk before breakfast. The landscape of Bartolome is spectacular during the first hours of the morning, a great place to learn about the geology of the Galapagos. After breakfast there was time to enjoy the beach and a great deep water snorkeling excursion. Here we saw plenty of colorful and silvery fish, white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos penguins.

The afternoon was spent at Chinese Hat, a perfect place for a second deep water snorkeling outing. The water was clear, visibility was excellent and tons of fish were seen. Galapagos penguins were fishing and when they arrived to the rocky shoreline, it was the right time for a Zodiac ride. What a fantastic day in Paradise! Galapagos is a treasure for the generations to come.

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Vanessa Gallo


Vanessa Gallo’s grandparents arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1936, making her the third generation of her family to live and work in this magical archipelago. She left the islands for the capital city of Quito for high school, where she discovered that learning foreign languages was one of her main interests. Coming from a family of naturalist guides, it was not a surprise that she also became one at the age of 17. Vanessa left the islands once again for Switzerland, where she earned a diploma in tourism and strengthened her language skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She has also travelled extensively to destinations including as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, the Canary Islands, Mauritius, and many European countries.

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