During our expedition, we have had the opportunity to go back in time. We started our expedition in the youngest islands of the archipelago, where we witnessed unique wildlife. While hiking and taking Zodiac tours around the islands, we observed two of the three species of boobies found in the archipelago: the blue-footed booby and the Nazca booby. Today we had the opportunity to spot the one we were missing, the red-footed booby, a species that is particularly hard to find.
After a great breakfast, we started our day with a hike at Punta Pitt. Some guests opted for Zodiac tours around the beautiful coast. We made a wet landing on a beach covered with pulverized peridots, semiprecious stones. Our guests were thrilled to walk on this shiny, gorgeous beach. Punta Pitt is indeed one of the highlights of this expedition.
San Cristobal Island is one of the oldest islands in the archipelago (3.5 million years old). Several endemic species are unique to this island, and we were lucky to find several during our hike. The wildlife surprised us and so did the amazing scenery. The island is unique and breathtaking. After the hike and Zodiac tour, our guests enjoyed swimming with sea lions and colorful fish. Our youngest explorers had the opportunity to learn how to drive a Zodiac and earn their Zodiac driving licenses. There are no words to describe how happy and excited they were!
During lunchtime, we turned on the engines and navigated to Cerro Brujo. This beautiful, white sand beach was the perfect place to end our expedition in the Galapagos. We disembarked on the calm beach and explored the coastline. We observed countless sea lions and pelicans near the turquoise waters. Guests strolled along the beach and took it all in before we returned to our floating home, but the day was not over yet. Our captain circumnavigated the iconic and stunning Kicker Rock, home to a huge colony of Nazca boobies. The view, the sunset, and the emerging full moon made this a beautiful way to close out this once in a lifetime experience.