For our first full day in the Galápagos Islands we navigated for three and a half hours toward Bartolomé Island. This famous island is located on the eastern side of Santiago Island, with an area of only 1.3 square kilometers (0.5 square miles). On the early morning walk we appreciated unique geological formations, pioneer vegetation, and — after a 30-minute walk up 372 steps — our guests were rewarded with the most iconic view of the Galápagos. This view is featured in a scenic shot from the movie “Master and Commander.” After this activity we finished our time with an underwater exploration of Bartolomé’s marine life.

Next we continued navigating for an hour and forty minutes toward Santa Cruz Island. We visited the northwestern side of the island to explore an area known as Dragon Hill, named after the endemic Galápagos land iguana. For our last outing today we enjoyed a 1.7-mile hike along a dry forest to spot some iguanas.