San Cristobal Island

Jun 01, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


This morning we visited Punta Pitt on the northern part of the Chatham Islands. A huge tuff cone has eroded, exposing a brown sandy beach where crystalized minerals shine with the morning sun. We landed barefoot and, after drying our feet, we walked up a ravine to see endemic lava lizards, mockingbirds, and red-footed boobies. This spectacular scenery leads to a cliff where red-footed boobies nest in nolana bushes, a succulent plant endemic to this area. After the walk, we cooled ourselves by swimming in these pristine waters. We spent the afternoon in Cerro Brujo, a white sandy beach with gentle waves that was inviting to swim in. At sunset we navigated toward Kicker Rock, ending a spectacular day in paradise.

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Fabian Bucheli

Naturalist

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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