Bartholomew and Chinese Hat

May 09, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today we had a great chance to explore two different islands. The first one was Bartholomew, where we went ashore to climb to the top of this large cinder cone. From the top we marveled at the gorgeous landscape, which is the most photographed and published view of the islands. After this invigorating hike, we returned aboard, later heading out again for snorkeling from Zodiacs or for a ride on the glass bottom boat.

For the afternoon, we navigated towards Chinese Hat, which is an islet off the coast of Santiago Island. At this location, our guests went snorkeling, kayaking, paddle-boarding, or on Zodiac rides along the coast to look for Galapagos penguins. Weather conditions were just perfect all day long, nice sunny skies with calm seas and clear water—we were all very happy!

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Gilda Gonzalez


Gilda was born in Ambato, located in the very heart of the Ecuadorian Andes. Since she was a child, she loved animals, often rescuing street cats and dogs. Her parents always made sure there were nature books and plenty of Jacques Cousteau’s videos at home. She graduated from high school with a degree in chemistry and biology. Afterwards, Gilda obtained a B.A. in tourism and hotel management in Quito. She also studied English, French and German, later spending two months in Brussels, Belgium.

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Africa Berdonces


Africa grew up in the Galápagos Islands where she spent her childhood exploring with her family, surrounded by exquisite nature. She took her first scuba diving lesson with her father off the coast of Sombrero Chino Island when she was just 12 years old. That first dive opened up a new and unexplored part of the natural world to her. Africa became enchanted by local marine life and went on to become a divemaster, working as both a dive guide and naturalist in her beloved islands.

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