San Cristobal, Chatham Island

Jan 11, 2020 - National Geographic Islander


We woke up anchored on the northeastern side of Chatham, or San Cristobal Island, in a place called Punta Pitt. We disembarked on a brown volcanic ash beach and went up a dry waterbed in search of wildlife. We soon encountered blue and red-footed boobies, as well as endemic lava lizards and mockingbirds. After our hike, guests had some time to relax, either by opting to swim or just sunbathe.

In the afternoon we walked along the white sandy beach of Cerro Brujo, where a quick dip in the water was very hard to resist! Sea lions were observed recuperating from the exhaustion that chasing fish results in, and lava gulls stood at attention in front of us. It was the perfect ending to a magical week in the Galapagos.

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Fabian Bucheli

Naturalist

Fabian Bucheli studied at the German School in Quito, graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of science in administration, and earned a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He has studied in Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria and is fluent in German, French, English, and Spanish. He has always been in love with nature and conservation. Explaining abstract concepts became second nature as a teaching assistant in biodiversity and evolution (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) while working towards a PhD in environmental risk management.

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