San Cristobal Island
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 05 Aug 2022

San Cristobal Island, 8/5/2022, National Geographic Endeavour II

  • Aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II
  • Galápagos

We arrived at San Cristobal Island today. This is our last full day in the archipelago, and we had a delightful week. There were many exciting moments, and now we are at the end of a wonderful trip.

Our morning started with a great hike to the top of an old cinder cone, located on the easternmost point of the archipelago. This area has a small colony of red-footed boobies, and several of these birds were flying all over the place.

We heard finches and San Cristobal mockingbirds singing along the trail as we ascended to the top. To reach the top, we used an old creek that sometimes fills with rainwater during the wet season.

From the top, we had a great time observing the stunning landscape. We also observed some of the young blue-footed boobies standing by the trail while waiting for their parents to return to feed them.

We had great weather today with a nice and sunny morning and afternoon. We enjoyed calm seas, and everyone had a great time swimming or snorkeling after the hike.

After a smooth navigation, we arrived at Cerro Brujo. The landscape has the most beautiful contrast in colors, including vibrant blue waters with white sand and black lava in the background.

Along the beach, Galapagos sea lions rested and slept. We noticed some females looking for their young after returning from fishing. We could hear their loud calls, and their pups answered back.

Everyone returned to the ship, and we navigated around “Leon Dormido.” This rock formation is volcanic in origin and is home for Nazca boobies, great frigatebirds, and swallow-tailed gulls.

Today was a great end to our week in the Galapagos archipelago.

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