Chinese Hat and Sullivan Bay

Aug 30, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

On our sixth day of expedition, we visited Chinese Hat in the morning and Sullivan Bay in the afternoon. During the first part of our day, we navigated to Chinese Hat on Zodiacs in search of Galapagos penguins. We found a very curious and friendly couple, as well as some Galapagos sea lions, brown pelicans and Galapagos hawks. Later, we went snorkeling along the channel between Chinese Hat and Santiago Island. Guests observed many schools of fish as well as marine invertebrates of different kinds all along the coast. After lunch we went ashore and explored an immense lava flow from 1897. This place continues to look quite young, with very little vegetation and its volcanic features intact.

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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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