San Cristobal Island
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 21 Jan 2022

San Cristobal Island, 1/21/2022, National Geographic Endeavour II

  • Aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II
  • Galápagos

San Cristobal Island is among the oldest in the in the Galapagos. A paradise for wildlife, and they are found in abundance! Punta Pitt is a clear example of an old region with eroded volcanic ash formations. This region is home to different types of birds such as swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobies and red footed boobies!

This island is mostly made of basaltic rock with large extensions of dry palo santo forest. Some of those leafless trees are home to sea birds and used for nesting purposes as well, since red-footed boobies and frigate birds nest in trees. Swallow tailed gulls, Nazca boobies and storm petrels typically nest on the ground, forming large colonies.

This morning some of us went for an uphill hike in search of the red-footed boobies that nest in the hills. We also had the option of exploring the shore from Zodiacs and eventually we all ended on the beach. Here, we explored the snorkeling site and it was a beautiful opportunity to swim with Galapagos sea lions and plenty of tropical fish.

In the afternoon, we landed at Cerro Brujo Beach for more exploration and a relaxed walk alongside a sea lion colony. This beach is made of white sand and dotted with sea lions of all ages. The calm shallow waters are usually foraging ground for blue-footed boobies, pelicans and many other sea birds.

It’s been an amazing and exciting trip, and visiting this beach is the best way to end it!

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