Bartolome & Rábida Islands

Aug 05, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Today we woke up for an early walk to the top of Bartolomé, a satellite islet of Santiago Island. This relatively new island is a good place to understand how life started in the Galápagos. Our vantage point allowed us to appreciate different geological formations such as tuff and spatter cones, new basaltic flows, and pioneer plants like the Tiquilia nesiotica,and the lava cactus, which establish themselves on newly formed islands.

Later, we explored the underwater world and observed many species of fish. The ones that got the most attention were the white-tip sharks! During lunch, we navigated towards Rábida Island, a few miles away from Bartolomé next to Santiago Island. Some guests went snorkeling, while others chose a kayaking session. We ended the afternoon with a natural history walk observing flamingos, sea lions, and blue-footed boobies diving along shore.

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Javier Carrion


Javier grew up on Santa Cruz island where his grandparents first arrived in the 1940´s. Veritable pioneers, his grandparents settled in the highlands where they found a place to raise their children.

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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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