Bartolome and Sombrero Chino Islands

Jan 17, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Bartolome Island, our first stop of the day, is a beautiful site in the middle of the Galapagos. Early in the morning after a dry landing, we started our exploration towards the summit of the volcano. Different volcanic formations as well as some pioneer plants are the only inhabitants of this place. From the top of the island, we had an amazing view of the landscape that has become an iconic scene of this enchanted archipelago.

Snorkeling and glass-bottom boat outings delighted our guests. The golden colored beach here is one of the most beautiful and exclusive in the world. We snorkeled around Pinnacle Rock with white-tipped reef sharks, different kinds of rays, colorful fish, and Galapagos penguins.

In the afternoon, our captain repositioned National Geographic Endeavour II to another unique snorkeling place to explore from the Zodiacs. From here, we visited one of the most unforgettable snorkeling sites, enjoyed underwater photography, and spotted many colorful creatures.

Later in the afternoon, we went out again for a coastal exploration, where we saw the youngest lava formation of the eastern coast of Santiago Island, which is around 150 years old. As we explored Sombrero Chino Island, we met playful sea lions on the rocky shore and in the water. They gave us an extraordinary show!

By the end of the outing it was sunset, and time to enjoy happy hour on board National Geographic Endeavour II. What a beautiful day we just had!

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Ximena Cordova


Ximena was born in Cuenca, the third largest city of Ecuador. Located in the Andes Mountains, Cuenca is known as the cultural capital of Ecuador and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site because of its many historical buildings. Ximena gained experience with American culture as an exchange student in Santa Barbara, CA, and later, while living and working at the United Nations in New York City for four and a half years.

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