Bartolome and Rábida, both satellite islands of Santiago, are among the most beautiful and interesting sites of the Galapagos. Bartolome is the perfect place to study geology and see firsthand the colonization of flora and fauna in the Galapagos. Rábida Island is home to pink flamingos, a brackish lagoon, and a picturesque red sand beach. Today guests had the opportunity to explore both locations and enjoy some water activities such a snorkeling and kayaking.
National Geographic Islander
Today we woke up by the coast off San Cristobal, one of the oldest islands of the Galapagos. After breakfast, we had a Zodiac ride along the shore and then disembarked to visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center in the highlands. In the afternoon, we hiked Tijeretas Hill and spotted the San Cristobal mockingbird, one of four species of mockingbirds found in the Galapagos. We also talked about the ecology of dry forests and the adaptations made by different species of trees in order to survive the dry months. At the top of Tijeretas Hill we enjoyed a spectacular coastal view of San Cristobal Island. We ended our day with an amazing performance by local artists on board National Geographic Islander , as guests enjoyed traditional dance and music from Ecuador.