Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island

Aug 12, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

After we sailed through the night to San Cristobal Island, we anchored on the Bay of Punta Pitt, the most northeastern point of the Galapagos National Park.

The morning outings were full of activities and adventures: first a glorious hike through this mini canyon of tuff cone, amazing scenery surrounded by red- and blue-footed booby nests. These amazing creatures were in the trees and on the trail without even minding the presence of all the new visitors of their island. Walking around the cliff, a patch of the landscape turned into red—this is due to the Galapagos carpetweed, which during the garua season changes in color from green to red. Together with the Galapagos clubleaf, these two endemic plants give this area a contrast of color with the black lava rock that looks fantastic, which gave our guests the opportunity to take good souvenir photos.

After we went back to the golden beach where the different morning activities of the day took place, some people went paddle-boarding, others to the glass-bottom boat, the global explorer kids had Zodiac driving lessons, while others enjoyed swimming and snorkeling with sea lions on the beach.

At midday we had a delicious lunch with all fresh ingredients from local farms, with lots of different vegetables, free-range chicken, introduced passion fruit mousse and the most incredible chocolate lava cookies.

During the afternoon outing, it was time to visit Cerro Brujo Beach, which is the last stop of our incredible expedition, and the best way to say goodbye to the Galapagos Island was with the Galapagos sea lions.

Sailing around Kicker Rock islet during sunset, we had a toast to mother nature for the fantastic trip we had, and the memories and friendships that we made.

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Paola Luque


Paola was born in the major Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil, raised near the ocean and rivers. Since childhood she felt a deep connection with nature, which led her to settle in the Galapagos Archipelago in 1998, on the central island of Santa Cruz. Here she got involved in the tourism industry, with a particular interest in food and cooking.Her passion for the sea and traveling then led her to sail the world's oceans to remote destinations, working as crewmember and chef on private yachts for 5 years.

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Benjamin Ayala


Ben is a German-Ecuadorian naturalist guide who grew up on San Cristobal, the eastern-most island of the Galápagos Archipelago, home to the political capital of the province.

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Liza Diaz Lalova

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Liza fell in love with the ocean as a child growing up on the Ecuadorian coast. Her passion for storytelling and photography began at the age of seven, when she began filming her friends as they recreated stories from her parents' library. Liza later combined her audiovisual passion with her love for nature by majoring in Environmental Communication and Digital Animation. She began making documentary films, animations, and photographs aimed at inspiring communities to care for their natural habitats. Liza became enchanted by the Galapagos, where she first came as a student and has continued on as a volunteer for various conservation, education and arts organizations. She is now a professional conservationist and artist dedicated to inspiring and educating in small communities around Ecuador using creative audiovisual communications.

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