San Cristóbal: Punta Pitt & Cerro Brujo

Feb 23, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


Today we reached the mainland, one of the oldest islands in the archipelago. We saw endemic species unique to this island, including the San Cristobal mockingbird and the San Cristobal lava lizard. We also saw for the first time red-footed boobies, most of them being occupied with nest building. In addition, we observed a couple of blue-footed boobies in full courtship. Female marine iguanas were also digging their nest to lay eggs.

After lunch, we disembarked to Cerro Brujo for a wonderful walk around a white sandy beach. At 5:00 p.m. we all came back to National Geographic Islander to sail to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. This is the capital of the Galapagos, where along the way we passed Kicker Rock, a well-known tuff formation, and an ideal one to conclude this memorable expedition.

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Luis Vinueza

Naturalist

Luis arrived in the Galápagos Islands for the first time when he was 11 years old in 1983, and from that time on he knew that Galápagos would one day be his home. He returned to the islands in 1995 and spent 14 months camping in a tent. Seven of those months were spent on Española Island, studying the relationship of reproductive success and mate retention of Nazca boobies. In 1997, he started working for the marine lab at the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) on different fields including diving surveys to assess the patterns of marine biodiversity around the Galápagos Marine Reserve. His research included counting lobsters and sea cucumbers and participating as an advisor for CDRS during the negotiation process that led to the 1998 creation of the Galápagos Marine Reserve. 

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