Bartholomew Island and Chinese Hat Islet

Jan 30, 2020 - National Geographic Endeavour II

We landed on Bartholomew Island before breakfast to walk along a wooden trail all the way up a mountain. Four endemic species of settler plants were seen and identified along the path, as well as the odd lava lizard.  After breakfast we snorkeled, rode our Zodiacs, or enjoyed our glass bottomed boat.  We spotted several Galapagos penguins along the shore.

In the afternoon, we visited Chinese Hat Islet, where after the talk about Lucy by Dr. Donald Johansen, we were able to choose between snorkeling and Zodiac rides along the coast.

A day full of activities ends with a BBQ dinner on the Sun Deck of National Geographic Endeavour II in this natural paradise called The Enchanted Islands or, Galapagos.

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Fabian Bucheli


Fabian Bucheli studied at the German School in Quito, graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of science in administration, and earned a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He has studied in Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria and is fluent in German, French, English, and Spanish. He has always been in love with nature and conservation. Explaining abstract concepts became second nature as a teaching assistant in biodiversity and evolution (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) while working towards a PhD in environmental risk management.

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Juan De Dios Morales

Juan De Dios Morales

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