Bartolome and Rábida Islands

Jun 10, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


During the first full day of our expedition we explored the central islands of the archipelago. Early this morning we awoke to a beautiful sunrise, with warm sunlight lighting up the stunning volcanic landscape of Bartolome and adjacent Santiago Islands. Bartolome is considered one of the jewels of the Galapagos; it is a small island that is a field guide to geological forms and shapes. Here, we can find the iconic landmark of the enchanted isles: Pinnacle Rock.

In the afternoon, we sailed further north in order to visit Rábida Island. It looks clearly different from the other islands due to the stunning red coloration of its rocks and sand, the result of an abundance in iron oxide. Throughout the day, we had the opportunity to explore the marvelous underwater world of the Galapagos. Snorkeling is the perfect way to have close encounters with amazing creatures like the Galapagos sea lion, green sea turtles, and even sharks. Colors, textures, unique species, and stunning scenery all around…it all combines to make this an unforgettable experience in the enchanted isles.

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About the Author

Gaby Bohorquez

Naturalist

Gaby was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her first job in the Galapagos was on board a 90-passenger cruise ship as the cruise director’s assistant, and she fell under the spell of the Enchanted Isles. She returned to Guayaquil to study at the Espiritu Santo Technological University to obtain a degree in Tourism Management. Her fascination for the islands was still strong so, after finishing her studies, Gaby took the opportunity to join the Naturalist Guide’s course, jointly organized by the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station. That was back in 1992, and she has been a naturalist since, keeping her deep love and passion for the islands during all these years.

About the Photographer

Patricio Maldonado

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Patricio, better known as Pato amongst his friends, was born in the Galápagos Island. His family moved to the islands from the mainland and settled on the island of Santa Cruz over thirty-five years ago. Pato had an enchanted childhood in the islands, where his keen interest in the wildlife of the Galápagos was born initially through catching lizards and observing how they lost their tails. His experiences in the islands have led him to teach visitors about the need to protect this rare and unique environment.

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