Santa Cruz - Bartolome Islet & Cerro Dragon, 12/25/2021, National Geographic Islander
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Today we explored Bartolome Islet, which offers impressive views of the Galapagos volcanic landscape. In the morning, we hiked and snorkeled in Bartolome. In the afternoon, we moved to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz Island for a hike across dry forest looking for Galapagos land iguanas.
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...
Our day began with the chance to point out a lot of interesting geological features as we enjoyed Zodiac tours along a massive flank of Ecuador Volcano on Punta Vicente Roca. In the afternoon, we took a sunny walk on Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island. We spotted many iguanas, and a bunch of sea lions hanging around, too.
Relatively small and low compared to neighboring Santa Cruz, North Seymour is located to the north of Baltra. The island is dry with predominantly low shrubs, like prickly pear cacti. The incense trees are bare during the dry season. Seabirds like frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies nest on the island, and sea lions rest on the sand when they are not fishing. Land and marine iguanas also live here. Rabida is in the middle of the archipelago and has a striking red sand beach. We observed a small colony of sea lions of all ages resting or nursing. Behind the beach, American flamingos nest in a brackish lagoon. This island is full of contrasts and wildlife that we enjoyed observing during this day of expedition.
It’s our first full day of expedition on National Geographic Islander . We started our day with a morning hike on North Seymour, which is one of the best islands to observe nesting colonies of frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and many more species of marine birds. Later in the morning, National Geographic Islander navigated to the beautiful Rabida Island, where we enjoyed an amazing afternoon. Guests swam and snorkeled with sea lions and many different species of reef fish off the red sand beach. We walked to a pond located behind the beach and observed flamingos nesting after more than 20 years on this island.