Sombrero Chino and Sullivan Bay are two fascinating locations within the Galápagos Islands, renowned for their unique landscapes and diverse wildlife. Today we were able to explore each of these areas and their notable features, including the Galápagos penguins, flamingos, and lava flows.
The first site we visited this morning was Sombrero Chino, located on the southeastern coast of Santiago Island. Sombrero Chino (otherwise known as Chinese Hat) showcases pristine volcanic cones and lava fields, offering a glimpse into the volcanic origins of the Galápagos Islands. The islet is home to a variety of wildlife, including the iconic Galápagos penguins. These penguins are the only species of penguins found north of the equator, making them a unique and popular attraction for our guests. The Galápagos penguins (Spheniscus mendiculus) are a highlight of the archipelago. As the only penguin species found north of the equator, they have adapted to the Galápagos' warm climate.
We started our morning with pre-breakfast activities. We kayaked and had a stretching session with our onboard wellness specialist at a beautiful white sandy beach with amazing views and special wildlife encounters.
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we got ready for water activities. We had a spectacular snorkeling excursion where our guests were able to swim with penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks and a variety of beautiful fish.
Sullivan Bay, situated on the eastern coast of the island, was the second destination of the day. Sullivan Bay boasts an otherworldly landscape shaped by dramatic lava flows. The area provides an opportunity to witness the raw power of volcanic activity, formed by a volcanic eruption in the late 19th century. The black rope-like lava formations, known as pahoehoe, stretch across the landscape, creating a surreal and mesmerizing sight.
Lava flows are a prominent feature throughout the Galápagos Islands, shaping the landscape and providing evidence of the archipelago's volcanic origins. The islands' various lava formations, from smooth pahoehoe to jagged aa lava, offer a unique and awe-inspiring experience for visitors.
Today’s visit provides an opportunity to witness the remarkable variety of wildlife and landscape we have in the archipelago.