San Cristobal Island

Nov 01, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today is our last day in paradise, on this adventure that seems unreal. We have all bonded as one even though we are from different backgrounds, as the Galapagos brings magic to our souls and mind. Traveling from Fernandina to San Cristobal islands, the youngest and one of the oldest islands in the archipelago, on an expedition a journey of discovery through time.

San Cristobal Island is one of the oldest in the Galapagos. Today we landed on a green olivine beach. The volcanic scenery that we observed during our intense hike was spectacular; the peaks of tuff high in the sky make this site very different from what we have already observed.

Punta Pitt also has impressive scenery from up above – the skies were clear and sunny, with the visible inversion layer that kept us cool and pleasantly comfortable for this walk. All our senses become aware as we listened to our surroundings, searching for red-footed boobies. Today we were lucky to see them up close.

Soon after, we enjoyed some quality beach time, having fun with the sea lions and observing them playing in the sand. Today was particularly special, for we had a few sea lions interacting with our guests. It was a once in a lifetime kind of experience, and these profound feelings will live in our hearts forever.

Later we repositioned to Cerro Brujo for our last walk over a white sandy beach and turquoise ocean together with sea lions. It was a wonderful way to say good-bye to the Galapagos. Then we boarded our ship and circumnavigated Kicker Rock, an impressive tuff formation standing massively out of the shoreline as the sun was setting far on the horizon. We are now together on the bow, celebrating life as a frigatebird was flying very near us like saying good-bye.

Our expedition is now over. Life goes on, but we are now sure this place has changed us, a place which can never be fully described. We all came with different backgrounds, sharing the magic that can only exist in our minds forever.

Farewell, amigos.

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About the Author

Celso Montalvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Celso was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At the age of nine he arrived in the Galápagos for the first time and he was profoundly touched by nature, observation, and isolation.  When he saw the sharks, rays and turtles swimming in the bay, he was triggered by a sense of wonder that he did not feel before.  Celso believes education is key to preservation. After graduating from the Naval Academy at the age of 17 he moved to New York to continue his education.

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