Today we woke up for an early walk to the top of Bartolome, a satellite islet of Santiago Island. This relatively new islet is a good place to appreciate different geological formations, such as tuff and spatter cones and basaltic flows. The presence of pioneer plants like Tiquilia nesiotica and lava cacti make Bartolome a good place to understand how life began after the first plants were established on the newly-formed islands. We also had the chance to explore the underwater world, and we observed many species of fish and the elusive Galapagos penguin.
During lunch, we navigated toward Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island, where we had an opportunity to observe the iconic Galapagos land iguanas. We enjoyed a surprise when we found a few flamingos in a brackish pond at sunset. This offered guests a great opportunity to practice their photography skills during the golden hour.