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
Today we woke up for an early walk uphill to the top of Bartolome, a satellite islet of Santiago Island. This relatively new islet is a good place to appreciate different geological formations, such as tuff and spatter cones and basaltic flows. The presence of pioneer plants, such as Tiquilia nesiotica and lava cacti, make Bartolome a good place to understand how life started in Galapagos after the first plants were established on the newly formed islands. We also had the chance to explore the underwater world of this place, and we had the opportunity to observe many species of fish and the elusive Galapagos penguin. During lunch, we navigated towards Dragon’s Hill on Santa Cruz Island, a few miles away from Bartolome. This place offered the opportunity to observe the iconic Galapagos land iguanas. In addition, it was a great surprise to find a few flamingos in a brackish pond, which offered a great moment for guests to practice photography skills during the golden hour at sunset.