Sombrero Chino and Santiago Islands

Mar 29, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Today we woke up anchored next to a canal between Chinese Hat and James Islands. From here, we took our Zodiacs to explore the shoreline, keeping a watchful eye out for birds and marine life, while some of our guests went kayaking nearby. We afterward went deep water snorkeling, with the option of swimming from the same white sanded beach we earlier used for stretching and yoga class.

We sailed next to a flamingo lagoon inside a tuff crater known as Bainbridge as we made our way to Sullivan Bay of James Island to walk across lava formations. Pahoehoe or “rope lava” makes visually distinct designs as it cools. From this vantage, the iconic Pinnacle Rock of the Galapagos looks completely different from the usual east-to-west view.

The end of the day had us recounting over a dinner of barbecue aboard National Geographic Islander: another perfect day.

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Fabian Bucheli


Fabian Bucheli studied at the German School in Quito, graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of science in administration, and earned a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He has studied in Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria and is fluent in German, French, English, and Spanish. He has always been in love with nature and conservation. Explaining abstract concepts became second nature as a teaching assistant in biodiversity and evolution (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) while working towards a PhD in environmental risk management.

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