San Cristobal Island
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 14 Dec 2019

San Cristobal Island

  • Aboard the National Geographic Islander
  • Galápagos

The sunniest day of our week began with a hike to the top of a hill in between the spectacular ash mountain formations of Pitt Point. Some guests chose a panga ride along the coast and bay, also focused on Pitt Islet, another formation of basalt in the middle of the ocean where red-footed boobies are found nesting. After both activities we all met at a green sand beach, known for its high content of olivine, a semiprecious stone that gave this area its color. Here we observed marine and coastal birds, marine iguanas on the beach, and the geological formations of the walls where the mineral composition, and different volcanic events have created a very special pattern of horizontal lines. One of the morning highlights was, however, a big group of bottlenose dolphins that chased our boat when we were sailing away from our first location.

In the afternoon we visited Cerro Brujo, a wonderful site which has a white sandy beach, and is home to a colony of sea lions. This was our last outing and it ended with a beautiful walk all along one of the largest and whitest beaches of the Galapagos. Upon our return we enjoyed the sunset from our vessel, and an excellent view of kicker rock on the horizon.

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