Galapagos penguins and lava flows

Added 15 Nov 2013

Today we visit the fourth largest of the Galapagos Islands, Santiago, and this morning we are anchored close to Sombrero Chino (or “Chinese Hat”) and the Bainbridge Islets. A zodiac ride against a backdrop of a black lava field to begin. A stark landscape but just look at what we saw: a Galapags Penguin and chick spotted almost immediately (well done Horacio, our Panga driver). Marine iguanas, some swimming. Galapagos Lava Heron. Sea lions galore. Galapagos Hawk. Whimbrel. Brown Noddy Terns. Blue Footed Boobies. Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Yellow Crown Night Heron. Ruddy Turn Stone. Pelicans. And on the way back, Rays jumping. Not a bad morning’s work.

Shortly after leaving Sombrero Chino we sail close to Bainbridge Islet. From the Sky Deck we can just about see over the rim of the islet into the caldera. This is full of brackish water and (occasionally) there is a flamingo or two lurking, Today they are lurking in the front corner which makes them very difficult to see. Many guests catch a glimpse but despite standing on a chair and balancing on one leg, Richard sees only water.

Next stop is the iconic Pinnacle Rock, an area of the main island of Santiago known as Sullivan Bay. Late afternoon we enjoy a stunning walk across a lava flow that is approximately 100 years old.

This evening’s recap features a preview of the week’s video chronicle. The taster has plenty of wildlife clips and guest interviews. There is more to come but it is already a box office hit.