For our last day in the Galapagos, National Geographic Islander II navigated towards San Cristobal Island. Also known as Chatham, San Cristobal is the fifth largest island at 557 square kilometers. Besides its peculiar geologic formation, the island is the easternmost point of the archipelago and is home to the capital.
By morning, National Geographic Islander II was anchored at Punta Pitt on the northeastern side of the island. We made a wet landing on a colorful, 90-meter, ash and olivine beach for a 1.6 km walk along the rim of a tuff cone. We had the unique opportunity to spot three species of boobies found in the Galapagos.
After the refreshing water activities at Punta Pitt, National Geographic Islander II headed toward our next destination, Cerro Brujo. At this visitors’ site, guests enjoyed the peaceful waters of the Pacific Ocean while admiring a beautiful combination of contrasting blues, blacks, greens, and browns from the coastline and the distant tuff formation.
After a wonderful and full last day in the Galapagos, we ended the day with a unique and historical view of mythical Kicker Rock. This eroded tuff cone worked as a nautical point for historical characters like James Colnett, Charles Darwin, and David Porter. Nowadays, it is the emblem of San Cristobal’s tourism.