The National Geographic Endeavour II visited two of the most iconic islands in the archipelago today. The first island of the morning was Bartolome. We got an early start. Before breakfast, our guests landed on the rocky shores and soon began their climb to the top of this island to enjoy spectacular views from the summit. In the afternoon we enjoyed snorkeling at Sombrero Chino, and we had the rare opportunity to snorkel with the one of the rarest species of flightless birds in the world—the Galapagos penguin.
National Geographic Endeavour II
Today we enjoyed the opportunity to explore the uplands of Santa Cruz, one of the largest islands of the Galápagos. The humid zone offers perfect foraging grounds for the giant tortoise; in order to find the tortoises, we travelled by bus from the north of the island to the southern side. We found large numbers of tortoises on the privately owned El Manzanillo Ranch. After a delicious lunch, we returned to our ship and weighed anchor. We had reports that Wolf Volcano, located on Isabela Island, was still active! We navigated for a few hours until we reached the coast nearest to the eruption site; from there, we admired a beautiful red glow against the dark night. What an amazing opportunity to admire the forces of nature that produced these magnificent islands!