San Cristobal Island, Punta Pitt, and Cerro Brujo.

Apr 05, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today National Geographic Endeavour II reached San Cristobal Island. We are nearing the end of our voyage, and though one gets the sense that all has been seen this far in, still the surprises come. The morning hike was fertile with wildlife from start to finish, including one very playful cluster of sea lions which made today’s snorkeling experience.

There was so much to cherish out there today: panoramic views from the mountainside, unbeatable weather, a host of red-footed boobies and their young on the verge of taking flight for the first time. This place is centering in so many ways.

In addition to snorkeling, guests had the choice of paddlebording or taking an extended Zodiac cruise off San Cristobal’s coast—an offering made all the sweeter with the underwater vantage from the watercraft’s glass bottom. As the day drew closer to its end, we walked down Cerro Brujo Beach, where there were children playing between the tides while the birds above them wavered in an oncoming dusk.

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About the Author

Ixora Berdonces

Naturalist

Ixora was born in the Galapagos Islands, back when the streets were made of sand and gravel. Void of TV and tablets, her childhood friends and pristine natural surroundings made for an inspiring upbringing. She was always drawn to the ocean and her local environment, with her first adventures taking place underwater, in mangrove estuaries, and perched in treetops. Not surprisingly, she was scuba diving before the age of 12 and led her first diving trips as a Dive Master in the Galapagos Marine Reserve when she was 18. 

About the Photographer

Walter Perez

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Walter was born in a very small town on the mainland of Ecuador. His first trip to the Galápagos was when he was 12 years old, visiting friends and aunt, who had moved to the islands. From the first moment he saw the Islands, he fell in love with them and knew then where his future home would be.

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