Bartolome & Chinese Hat

Jan 16, 2020 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today we woke up for an early walk uphill to the top of Bartolome, a satellite islet of Santiago Island. This relatively new island is a good place to appreciate different geological formations such as tuff and spatter cones, and new basaltic flows. The presence of pioneer plants such as Tiquilia nesiotica and the lava cactus makes Bartolome a good place to understand how life started in Galapagos, after the first plants established in newly formed islands. We also had the chance to explore the underwater world of this place, where we had the opportunity to observe many species of fish. But the ones that definitely caught the most attention of guests were the white-tipped sharks.

During lunch, we navigated towards Chinese Hat, a few miles away from Bartolome next to Santiago Island. This place offered the opportunity to observe the iconic Galapagos penguins basking in the lava rocks. We also had one of the most magnificent snorkeling activities of the week, followed by a Zodiac ride where guests had the chance to appreciate the outstanding landscape and wildlife of this place. We ended up our day with a delicious dinner served in the sky deck of National Geographic Endeavour II.

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Javier Carrion


Javier grew up on Santa Cruz island where his grandparents first arrived in the 1940´s. Veritable pioneers, his grandparents settled in the highlands where they found a place to raise their children.

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