18th of July 2019 Bartolome

Jul 18, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today we woke up anchored at the island of Bartolome, and the day started off with a delicious breakfast. In the morning, our guests had the chance to choose between two different alternatives. The first option was hiking, which involves walking all the way up to the top of a volcanic cone and being able to admire the most iconic and photographed view of the Galapagos, the very famous Bartolome pinnacle. Here they learned a little bit more about geology, as Bartolome is the perfect example of how the islands look when they are new in the geologic sense. Every single island in the Galapagos is volcanic, and they all come from the same hotspot, located on the western side of the archipelago. Galapagos is on top of the Nazca tectonic plate, which moves every year about three inches to the east, meaning that the young islands will be on the west and the old ones on the east.

The second option was to spend some time at the beach, which was just perfect for the kids! The main mission of today’s expedition was to spot the Galapagos penguin, the third tiniest penguin in the world and the only penguin that lives in the northern hemisphere. During the morning we succeeded, and our guests were able to see the penguins and even snorkel with them! What an amazing experience.

In the afternoon, we enjoyed our Mexican buffet lunch with awesome margaritas. After some activities with the young explorers and a photography talk, we continued exploring the coasts of Sombrero Chino with different water activities, kayaking, paddleboarding, glass-bottom boat outings and snorkeling. Conditions were just perfect today, clear water and a large variety of fishes were definitely the highlight of our day. What an amazing and successful day we had!

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About the Author

Roberta Schiess


Born and raised in the Galápagos, Roberta Schiess Bahamonde’s grandparents were among the first permanent inhabitants of Santa Cruz Island, arriving from Switzerland in the 1940s. Her mother is also a naturalist guide in the Galápagos, so this is a profession she has been exposed to her whole life, and she often accompanied her mom as she guided visitors. 

About the Photographer

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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