Punta Pitt, San Cristobal

Mar 22, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


This morning as we walked up through the canyon of Punta Pitt, we could not be more amazed of how these magnificent formations had formed over time through the gradual yet constant meeting of hot, hot lava with the cold of the ocean. That these layers will add and compact over time to form islands is simply astounding.

The beach at Punta Pitt this morning, is made from olivine, an incredibly soft green sand that is the result of the crystalline breakdown of minerals comprising this lava. At the end of the trail, a small colony of red-footed boobies surprised us as they patiently waited in nests for the hatching of chicks.

Visiting Cerro Brujo in the afternoon was the best way to end this trek. The company of amiable sea lions along a white sand beach made for a fine last note of what was a remarkable journey across an unforgettable world, and one very much apart from our own. We leave these lands reminded of why we as stewards of such places must be the ones to conserve and protect areas with such fragile and intense beauty for future generations.

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Ximena Cordova

Naturalist

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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