Santiago Island

Nov 08, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Today we woke up in front of Sombrero Chino Islet. A pre-breakfast kayaking session was offered for our first activity of the day. For those choosing to sleep in a bit, a second round was provided after breakfast, as well as an optional Zodiac ride to discover the wonders of this protected channel. We saw Galapagos penguins and playful Galapagos sea lions in and out of the water. Snorkeling in Sombrero Chino was like swimming in an enormous aquarium with incredible clear water and abundance of colorful fish!

Our afternoon was spent in Sullivan Bay where we hiked on young lava fields. With the amazing landscape, it’s easy to imagine how life started in our beautiful planet.

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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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