Punta Pitt and Cerro Brujo

Apr 19, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today National Geographic Endeavour II arrived to set anchor at San Cristobal Island. It is almost the end of our expedition and we feel that we’ve seen it all, and yet the surprises still come. The morning hike afforded some of the most abundant encounters with wildlife. The hike led us to a beach dotted with sea lions, some resting, some alert and ready to play when it came time for snorkeling.

Everything was spectacular—amazing views from the top of the mountain and perhaps one of the best forecasts we’ve thus far had. Today’s uncontested highlight was getting to see the red-footed boobies spread across a number of trees. Some of the juveniles were about to witness (or attempt) their first moments of flight! After a warm hike, guests arrived back at the beach for a refreshing snorkeling session. For ending this expedition, we had a light walk along Cerro Brujo Beach, where our young voyagers played in the shoring waves in the welcome company of sea birds.

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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. 

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