Bartolome and Rabida Islands

Mar 18, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


Bartolome is one of the youngest islands in the archipelago, with contrasting and unique landscapes seemingly everywhere. Guests took on an invigorating hike to the summit of the island as a pre-breakfast activity. The sun shone behind a very thin layer of mist, giving those who came here for photography a great diffuser for some excellent landscape and wildlife shots.

In the afternoon, we explored Rabida on land and underwater. This is a great snorkeling destination with clear water coves and numerous species of fish inhabiting the shallows. We finished the day walking along Rabida’s red beach at sunset, observing seabirds above and the sea lions basking along the beach. What an outstanding day!

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Socrates Tomala

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Socrates was raised on Santa Cruz Island located in the heart of Galapagos Archipelago.  After a childhood filled with swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing and volunteering in conservation projects, he grew very passionate about the outdoors and the natural world. 

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Rodrigo Moterani

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Rodrigo Moterani was born in Brazil in 1976. After spending his teen years playing with camcorders and VCRs, Rodrigo ended up working in the field of television journalism and video production in his home country. He graduated with a degree in communications in 1997.

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