Bartholomew and Santa Cruz Island
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 08 Jan 2022

Bartholomew and Santa Cruz Island, 1/8/2022, National Geographic Islander

  • Aboard the National Geographic Islander
  • Galápagos

Our visit to Bartholomew Island started early in the morning. The tiny island showcases incredible volcanic formations, and guests enjoyed amazing photo opportunities. After hiking 365 stairs, we reached the summit of the volcano. The view of Santiago Island, positioned in front of Bartholomew, was breathtaking and perfect for pictures.

In the afternoon, we had the opportunity for snorkeling near Guy Fawkes Islets. An eroded volcano is the perfect habitat for different species of fish and marine invertebrates.

Following the water activities, we got ready for a hike at Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island. A dry landing on a rocky pier led us to a dry vegetation forest. Plenty of palo santo trees and prickly pear cacti make it an ideal trail for the land iguanas. The pale yellow and brown reptile is a vegetarian.

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