Today we visited two islands in the center of the archipelago. On Bartholomew, we climbed a wooden staircase to the top of an old cinder cone for a chance to see the famous vista that captures many islands at once, in addition to Pinnacle Rock. In the afternoon, we navigated towards Sombrero Chino, where we had a great time snorkeling from Zodiacs and spotting wildlife. This is the home of a small colony of Galapagos penguins as well as Galapagos sea lions.
National Geographic Endeavour II
On our last day of exploring the islands, the fantastic group of local residents set out on a cool breezy morning to Puerto Egas on Santiago Island. Since it was low tide, we had a wide area to enjoy and explore. Our guests walked among the Sally Lightfoot crabs on the intertidal areas and discovered lava flows that led onto grottoes and species that hid in the folds and cracks of the lava. This has been a very special tour. We have been able to share and exchange knowledge with local fishermen, farmers, representatives of institutions, entrepreneurs and their spouses. This trip has left them with a sense of awe and the urge to keep on protecting the unique islands they inhabit.