Sombrero Chino Islet and Santiago Island

Aug 02, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

The protected channel between Sombrero Chino Islet and Santiago Island offers the perfect place for nautical exploration. While kayaking, paddleboarding, or on Zodiac rides, guests were able to observe Galapagos penguins, Galapagos sea lions, striated herons, and bright Sally lightfoot crabs. Later, we went snorkeling and uncovered more of this coastal area. Many had up-close encounters with white-tipped reef sharks, schools of colorful fish, and Galapagos penguins! For some exploration on land, National Geographic Islander repositioned to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, where guests hiked on a cooled lava flow. We’ve had a wonderful day in paradise.

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Vanessa Gallo


Vanessa Gallo’s grandparents arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1936, making her the third generation of her family to live and work in this magical archipelago. She left the islands for the capital city of Quito for high school, where she discovered that learning foreign languages was one of her main interests. Coming from a family of naturalist guides, it was not a surprise that she also became one at the age of 17. Vanessa left the islands once again for Switzerland, where she earned a diploma in tourism and strengthened her language skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She has also travelled extensively to destinations including as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, the Canary Islands, Mauritius, and many European countries.

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Joshua Vela

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Joshua is our first Video Chronicler from the Galápagos Islands! He grew up on the island of Santa Cruz where he developed a strong connection with the natural world that surrounded him, and where he learned the importance of conservation.

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