Our day started with a very relaxing hike in the morning at Punta Pitt on the north side of San Cristobal. It was a very pronounced climb, all the way from the beach area to the very summit of a tuff cone where we were able to spot not only a nice bunch of blue-footed boobies in their nests, but also a good amount of red-footed boobies with a few chicks as well. As we came back to the beach, we had a lovely opportunity to snorkel from the beach to refresh ourselves. In the afternoon we closed a beautiful week onboard with a visit to Cerro Brujo Beach where we could relax a little bit while also checking on hatching sea turtles.
National Geographic Islander II
The misty weather of the dry season covered the sky as our first activities started in the early morning. From the deck, we looked for marine mammals and enjoyed the magnificent volcanic landscape of the northern side of Isabela. We explored Vicente Roca in our Zodiacs as we traveled along the walls. Wildlife is very abundant on this site since the area is an upwelling zone. Marine birds and reptiles were the highlights of the morning. Blue-footed boobies, brown noddy terns, pelicans, Nazca boobies, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and penguins made our morning special. We then went snorkeling in the same area, an incredible site for sea turtles. In the afternoon, we visited Fernandina, the youngest island. The site is a nesting place for marine iguanas. Here they congregate in big numbers, so they were the stars of the afternoon. We hiked around an uplifted basaltic lava flow, and we spotted flightless cormorants, sea lions, and a beautiful Galapagos hawk. This site offers a view of La Cumbre, the huge volcano on the island. We could also see the volcanoes that form Isabela Island right across the channel. We were lucky to witness activity in one of the volcanoes today!