San Cristobal & Española Islands, 2/6/2022, National Geographic Endeavour II
National Geographic Endeavour II
San Cristobal and Española are some of the oldest of the Galapagos Islands, as they sit on the southeastern end of the archipelago. The islands are of volcanic origin and formed due to the activity of what geologists call a “hotspot.” As the Nazca Plate slid to the southeast over the hotspot, new islands emerged. This means that the islands toward the northwest are the youngest, and the ones on the opposite end are the oldest.
Salvador Cazar studied biology at the Universidad Nacional Del Sur, Bahía Blanca, in Argentina and at the Catholic University of Ecuador. Between 1988 and 1994, Salvador worked as a naturalist and tour leader for several national and international to...
Española is the oldest island in the archipelago. It is also one of the most diverse, for it is home to several species that are only found here. Visitors are captivated by the amazing white coral beach where sea lions rest before and after fishing. Guests enjoyed snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking today; all were equally beautiful and fascinating.
On our expedition aboard National Geographic Islander II , we visited Floreana Island this morning. Our first stop was Post Office Bay. We kayaked along the canals of the bay and enjoyed amazing encounters with sea lions and marine iguanas. Then we went to drop off and pick up letters at the post office the barrel. After breakfast, we snorkeled in Champion Islet. In the afternoon, we changed locations to Punta Cormorant, where we walked along a green sand beach. The sand gets its color from an abundance of olivine. We finished the day with an amazing sunset.
National Geographic Islander II explorers visited the iconic island of Bartolome today. We took an early walk to the summit of this volcanic island for amazing views and to enjoy the colors of the sunrise. After a delicious breakfast, we got into our swimsuits and grabbed our snorkeling gear. Some guests enjoyed the golden beach, and others went for a more adventurous snorkeling. Both groups observed a lot of activity from tropical reef fish, penguins, rays, and whitetip reef sharks. In the afternoon, some guests opted to explore Dragon Hill at the northwest point of Santa Cruz Island. Meanwhile, others enjoyed a Zodiac ride along the coastline of the same area. The main attractions of this beautiful site included land iguanas, an American flamingo, baby blacktip sharks, marine iguanas, and lagoon birds such as white-cheeked pintail ducks and black-necked stilts. Back on board, we all enjoyed a wine tasting and a beautiful sunset.