Bartolome and Sombrero Chino Islands

Feb 28, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today we went ashore to explore Bartolome Island before breakfast, where we climbed to the top of a cinder cone. From the summit, we had the chance to take in the most famous landscape of the archipelago and the volcanic formations around us.

After breakfast, we landed on a golden sandy beach, where we went snorkeling from the shore. Later on, our guests had the chance to try snorkeling from the Zodiacs. It was a fantastic outing, and we even had the unique opportunity to go snorkeling with Galapagos Penguins.

For the afternoon, we went to Sombrero Chino Island and went snorkeling along the coast of Santiago Island. For those who preferred to stay dry, we also had an option to go for Zodiac rides, to observe wildlife along the volcanic coast.

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Gilda Gonzalez


Gilda was born in Ambato, located in the very heart of the Ecuadorian Andes. Since she was a child, she loved animals, often rescuing street cats and dogs. Her parents always made sure there were nature books and plenty of Jacques Cousteau’s videos at home. She graduated from high school with a degree in chemistry and biology. Afterwards, Gilda obtained a B.A. in tourism and hotel management in Quito. She also studied English, French and German, later spending two months in Brussels, Belgium.

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