Bartolome and Santa Cruz Islands
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 14 May 2022

Bartolome and Santa Cruz Islands, 5/14/2022, National Geographic Islander

  • Aboard the National Geographic Islander
  • Galápagos

Today, National Geographic Islander arrived to Bartolome Island in the early hours of the day. As soon as we had breakfast, we disembarked to visit the top of Bartolome, where we had an outstanding view of the wild volcanic landscape of the island.

Meanwhile, some guests went for the first snorkeling experience of the week. Everyone came back very happy. They observed so many of the iconic creatures found on these islands, such as Galapagos sea lions, frigatebirds, Sally Lightfoot crabs, Galapagos penguins, and countless species of fish.

After a delicious meal in the afternoon, we visited Cerro Dragon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. This area hosts a population of Galapagos land iguanas. We found a number of iguanas walking along the trail as they fed on the lush, green vegetation of the island. Very soon, the landscape will be so dry that prickly pear cacti will be the only source of water for the iguanas until the next rains come in December. We ended the day with our traditional recapitulation, followed by a delicious meal onboard National Geographic Islander.

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