In the morning, we visited the island of North Seymour. This small island, centrally located, is home for a large number of seabirds. We were very lucky to see blue-footed boobies, great and magnificent frigatebirds, brown pelicans, and swallow-tailed gulls right on the trail. The birds’ tameness is amazing. It is an overwhelming feeling to see the birds and feel like we become part of nature. North Seymour Island was a highlight, as we found a colony of Galapagos sea lions coexisting in peace with Galapagos land iguanas. In the afternoon, we visited the red island of Rabida. The island is a great place for snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean with colorful fish and playful Galapagos sea lions. We finished the day with an easy stroll. We observed greater flamingos and enjoyed every minute with the Galapagos sea lions. What a wonderful start in the Enchanted Islands!
National Geographic Endeavour II
Today we woke up for an early walk to the top of Bartolome, a satellite islet of Santiago Island. This relatively new island is a good place to appreciate new basaltic flows and different geological formations, such as tuff and spatter cones. The presence of pioneer plants, such as Tiquilia nesiotica and lava cacti, makes Bartolome a good place to understand how life started in the Galapagos as the first plants grew on newly formed islands. We also had a chance to explore below the water, where we had the opportunity to observe a number of fish. During lunch, we navigated towards Chinese Hat, a few miles away from Bartolome and next to Santiago Island. We observed the iconic Galapagos penguins basking on lava rocks. We also had one of the most magnificent snorkeling activities of the week, followed by a Zodiac ride. Guests had the chance to appreciate the outstanding landscape and wildlife of this place. We ended our day with a delicious barbeque dinner on National Geographic Endeavour II .