From Punta Pitt to Cerro Brujo

Jun 28, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we visited San Cristobal, one of the oldest and southern-most islands in the archipelago. In the morning, clouds were covering the sky and the rocky landscape of Punta Pitt, our first visit site of the day. A thin mist kept the air fresh for the hike. The excursion started on a beautiful green sand beach where a group of sealions gave us a friendly welcome. Then we hiked up to the summit of a small hill in the middle of tuff cone formations, surrounded by an amazing view of the coast and the ship from above.

The bird we all wanted to see were waiting for us at the top of the hill. The red-footed boobies, still nesting, were posing for our cameras on the bushes, next to the cliffs. Blue-footed boobies, also nesting, were found all along the trail, showing different stages of their offspring. Some were still sitting on eggs, other chicks were growing their fluff, and others were starting to develop feathers on their wings and backs. Lava lizards gave us a show of their hunting skills, catching flies and wasps in the ground. The morning ended with the sun coming out in the perfect timing for our swim with the sealions.

On the afternoon, we visited Cerro Brujo, in the center of the island. The walk took place on a long white sand beach. Kids played in the waves and with sealions, while others took a walk along the beach, and most of us simply enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of this calm bay, where every now and then, a turtle head came out of the water for a breath of air.

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Ramiro Adrian

Naturalist

Raised barefooted in Galapagos and inspired by sea lions and many other forms of life, Ramiro started his studies in biology and environmental studies in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of the archipelago, and later continued his degree on the east coast of Australia. He specialized in Environmental Communication and Conservation.

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Rodrigo Moterani

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Rodrigo Moterani was born in Brazil in 1976. After spending his teen years playing with camcorders and VCRs, Rodrigo ended up working in the field of television journalism and video production in his home country. He graduated with a degree in communications in 1997.

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