San Cristobal

Jul 12, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we visited the island of San Cristobal, located in the southeast of the archipelago. This is the only island with permanent fresh water, due to the existence of a lake in the highlands, where there is plenty of moisture to feed it. In the 1800s, several groups lived on the island, as this is the closest island to the mainland, with good possibilities to develop agriculture and good fishing.

By the time we awoke, the sun was shining and the sky was blue with fluffy clouds, ideal conditions for our 7:45 a.m. hike up to the northernmost volcano of the very point of this island, known as Punta Pitt. The landscape was amazing, due to the shape of the volcano’s sharp points, the colors a blend of browns and oranges were just spectacular. Along the way, we found some blue-footed boobies with their chicks, we saw frigatebirds flying, and what we considered the highlight of this place, the red-footed boobies sitting on their nests, some already with chicks.

After the excursion, we returned to the landing site, a green sand beach made up of olivine crystals and sparkling quartz particles, to enjoy our last snorkeling excursion in the company of some sea lions. Around noon, we had a delicious lunch, and after a short rest, we landed on Cerro Brujo, one of the most beautiful beach areas of the Galapagos, situated in the central west of San Cristobal Island, and very possible visited by Charles Darwin in 1835.

By the end of the afternoon, we circumnavigated Kicker Rock, a very iconic site of the Galapagos, due to its beauty and amazing scuba diving reputation. We ended the day with an amazing sunset, very happy after all these wonderful experiences.

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Lenin Villacis

Naturalist

Lenin was born in the capital city of Quito, where he grew up surrounded by the mountains and volcanoes of the Andean region of Ecuador. At age 17, he received a scholarship to study in Mexico, and a few years later traveled to the U.S. and finished college with a degree in Earth sciences. In 1994 he returned to Ecuador to undergo a training course to become a naturalist guide for his incredibly rich and biodiverse home country, and started working in the Amazon rain forest of Ecuador. 

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