Sombrero Chino and Sullivan Bay

Feb 01, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


I really don’t think our day could have worked out much better. When I woke up, the sun was up in a clear sky, perfect for a morning on the water.

Zodiac rides and kayaking turned up a cluster of Galapagos penguins chasing after small fry along the coastlines of Santiago and Sombrero Chino. Later, snorkelers and beachgoers got a chance to see these little guys at an even closer vantage. All the Galapagos marine life seemed to show up today that morning!

The afternoon our group walked along Sullivan Bay, situated on the southeast end of Santiago Island. Despite formation beginning in 1897, the lava flows look noticeably younger. There is a low rate of erosion at the Galapagos due to the nature of climate in the area, so a lot of the geology in the area gives the impression of newer formation. Penguins surfaced yet again in the afternoon—literally—where they came ashore to dry themselves before heading into their burrows for the night.

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Cindy Manning

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Born in Lima, Peru, of North American parents, Cindy and her family subsequently lived in several South American and European countries with a couple stops in Peoria, Illinois. Cindy received a degree in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Afterwards, Cindy spent a year and a half teaching science in the Western Province of Kenya, East Africa. 

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