These two Islands show a very interesting contrast, since both are around the same age and just a few miles from each other. The first is small in size, almost barren and volcanic all around; the latter is larger, lush and green in the higher points. They are both on our schedule for the day and we have the opportunity to understand their process of erosion as well as the colonization of plants and animals. Bartolome Island displays the iconic landscape of the archipelago, while Santa Cruz is fertile and commercially active. Both are amazing stops on our expedition.
National Geographic Islander II
Our expedition is almost ending, and we spent our last day visiting the unique island of Santa Fe, located in the southeastern portion of the archipelago. Our morning started with multiple activities. While kayaking in Santa Fe Bay, guests were followed by playful Galapagos sea lions. Meanwhile, part of our group took a hike on a rocky trail to search for Santa Fe land iguanas. With its pale coloration, the species is exclusive to Santa Fe Island. Early in the morning, we found the iguanas emerging from nests as they got ready for the warmth of the sun. Finally, we were ready for breakfast! The morning had just started, though, and after breakfast we prepared for snorkeling. We were surrounded by sea lions in this calm bay. In the afternoon, we landed at the most beautiful white sand beach, Cerro Brujo. This was the first site that Charles Darwin landed the H.M.S Beagle on San Cristobal. Galapagos sea lions were sound asleep along the beach, and we enjoyed our last swim in the calm waters.