Chinese Hat – Bartholome


Chinese Hat – Bartholome
Bartolome, Ecuador

Bartolome, Ecuador

Second day at the Galapagos and we had pit stops in a couple of the islands listed above: Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino) is a tiny island to the north of North Seymour. The terrain in this tiny island is simply marvelous. The hardened lava flow from the past is very visible, and as you hike through its designated trails, you will come across more sea lions, pelicans, and iguanas. After checking out this island, we went to our first of two snorkeling trips scheduled for today. We sailed to the other side of Sombrero Chino, where we had a chance to snorkel with a variety of species of fish, and also saw several marine iguanas on the rocks. After snorkeling, we went back to the yatch to have our lunch. Bartolome: After lunch, we had a wet landing at the beach side of this island. Here we had the chance to snorkel with penguins, playful sea lions, and my first ever encounter with a white-tipped shark. Naturally, I freaked out! Later on, I realized that there has been no incidents of shark attacks in these islands. After snorkeling, we hiked to the top of one of the extinct volcanoes in this island. The view from the peak was spectacular, and is one of the most photographed views in the Galapagos. After the hike, we boarded our “pangas” (small boats) and circled around to the other side of Bartolome to check out colonies of equatorial penguins. Simply breathtaking! It was my first time to see penguins in their natural habitat. Today was a very hectic day, and I was exhausted. I’m a looking forward to tomorrow’s schedule. We will sail for seven hours overnight to our next destination — Genovesa Island.


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