San Cristobal Island

Dec 27, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


What an amazing week. Today was our last day on National Geographic Endeavour II, and we began our morning with a wet landing in Punta Pit in San Cristobal Island.

We were able to distinguish the olive color of the sand before putting our shoes back on for our hike. We had a big mountain and very different terrain ahead of us. This is one of the oldest islands of the archipelago, which is easy to see when comparing the geology of this spot with Fernandina Island. A tuff formation with a lot of erosion and red color was prominent, rather than the black flows of lava we had seen before.

Here we were looking for the red-footed boobies, and our first sign came when we heard their birdsong. As soon as we spotted them on the branches of different bushes, we were able to see their red feet. We also spotted a few blue-footed boobies on our hike. We saw the two most beautiful birds in the islands on this hike. After returning to the beach, we were able to swim to cool down.

What an amazing week! We spent time with friends and are already wishing to come back some time in the near future!

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Cristina Ahassi

Naturalist

Cristina was born in Quito but spent her entire childhood in the Galápagos Islands surrounded by the nature that has inspired her passion for her work.

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