San Cristobal Island

Juan Carlos Avila, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 10 Dec 2021

San Cristobal Island, 12/10/2021, National Geographic Endeavour II

  • Aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II
  • Galápagos

Today is our last day in paradise, after an adventure that seems unreal. During this expedition we all bonded together as one, even though we are from many different backgrounds. Galapagos brought magic to our souls and minds. Traveling from Fernandina to San Cristobal Islands, the youngest and one of the oldest in the archipelago, we enjoyed a journey of discovery through time.

Today we landed on the green olivine beach of San Cristobal Island. The volcanic scenery that we observed during our intense hike was spectacular; the peaks of tuff high in the sky make this site very different from what we have already observed.

Punta Pitt also has impressive scenery from up above. We enjoy clear sunny skies and the inversion layer keeps us cool and pleasantly comfortable for this walk. All our senses become aware as we listen to our surroundings and search for red-footed boobies. Today we were lucky to see them very close.

Soon after, we enjoyed beach time by watching sea lions play along the shoreline. Today was particularly special, as a few sea lions interacted with guests – a moment in life that will live forever in our hearts.

Later, we repositioned to Cerro Brujo for our walk over a white sandy beach and turquoise ocean with sea lions. This was a wonderful way to say goodbye to the Galapagos. Back onboard we passed by Kicker Rock, an impressive tuff formation standing massive out of the shoreline, as the sun was setting far on the horizon.

Today is our last full day in the islands. There is a special deep appreciation for the children who have made this journey. We were honored to be part of their unforgettable experience and hope one day they have the will and power to make a positive change in this wonderful world of ours.

Farewell, amigos.

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