Sombrero Chino and Santiago Island

Apr 26, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


Both islands are found in the central region of Galapagos: Both are middle-aged islands, between 1 and 2 million years since their formation. One less than a quarter of a square kilometer in size, the other (immediately beside) the fourth largest of the archipelago. Visits to both put us on lava that flowed out in 1897 but looks as if it could have been produced no more than a few weeks back.

Our morning activities were beach-side, to include kayaks, Zodiacs, and snorkeling. Snorkeling is excellent this time of year, due to the lower plankton count, which affords visibility as much as 40 feet! We went trekking over rippled lava in the afternoon, leaving us to feel small in a grand landscape. Zodiac rides in search of penguins, which we were successful in finding, thanks to the eagle eyes of our navigators!

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Cindy Manning

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Born in Lima, Peru, of North American parents, Cindy and her family subsequently lived in several South American and European countries with a couple stops in Peoria, Illinois. Cindy received a degree in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Afterwards, Cindy spent a year and a half teaching science in the Western Province of Kenya, East Africa. 

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