The Galápagos archipelago is formed by 13 larger islands, and more than 60 smaller islets and rocks. The South Equatorial Current, an ensemble of various Peruvian coastal currents mixed with the Humboldt Current, reach the islands with its cold waters and serves as a gateway for organisms to arrive in a natural way. In this southeastern region of the Galápagos, species have had more time to adapt and evolve, which explains why there is such a higher rate of endemism among plants and animals.
National Geographic Islander II
We have visited different islands during our expedition, but today was very special. We have seen two of the three species of boobies found in the archipelago, and today was our opportunity to see the only other species, one that can be hard to spot. We disembarked after breakfast and made a wet landing on a green sand beach. Punta Pit was our highlight for the day. As we started our walk, we observed several red-footed boobies. We hiked on a terrain known as one of the more difficult in the Galapagos, but the reward made it all worth it. We found several species unique to this island, including lava lizards, finches, and a playful Galapagos flycatcher that stopped to say hello. Once we reached the end of the loop trail, we arrived at the easternmost point of the islands. The scenery was unique and breathtaking. The ground was covered with red sesuvium and endemic nolana, a favorite of red-footed boobies for nesting. As we walked down the hill, the sun was shining brightly. Our guests enjoyed swimming with sea lions and colorful fish. It’s worth mentioning that our youngest explorers had the opportunity to learn how to drive a Zodiac. There are no words to describe how happy and excited they were! In the afternoon, we moved the ship to Cerro Brujo. This beautiful white sand beach was the perfect place to end our weeklong 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 returning to our floating home, but the afternoon was not over yet. Our captain circumnavigated the iconic and stunning Kicker Rock while the galley team delighted us with a wine tasting on the observation deck.