Day 6 |
Oct 10, 2013

San Cristobal Island

By Tommy Acosta, Naturalist

Weather: Cloudy Morning with a partially cloudy afternoon
Air Temperature: 119 - 22ºC
Pressure: 961 hPa
Wind: 14 knots

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno has an interesting background of human history, early settlers established a small population and colonized this important place.

The fresh and intense breeze woke me up; I took my gear and headed to the highlands with our guests.
During the ride, I explained a little of the conservation programs through the past 50 years in the archipelago. And when we arrived, the Galapagos National Park breading centre gates were open. Within, there were lots of land tortoises; males, females of all sizes, but most important were the little hatchlings in small protected cages. They look like a miniature artwork from their ancestors and knowing their gender at this stage is impossible, at least until they are 12 to 15 years old.

I was glad to know how much interest and audience I had for the entire visit, especially when photo opportunities and discussions of special settings on cameras to enhance the pictures taken were added to the complete experience. As a matter of fact, we stopped and had time to take pictures of everything from flowers of Galápagos lantana and spiders. This is what I love about interpretation; our guests want any precious information we can share of almost any ecological relationship.

By the afternoon, in the most pristine beach of San Cristobal known as Cerro Brujo, our guests were delighted with an unusual landscape. Where else in the world they can find lava flows and fine organic sand together? We had amazing photography opportunities with sea lions along the beach and sally light foot crabs against the deep black contrast of the rocks.

At the end of the day, many of our guests came back excited to show me their photos, after I had suggested some little tricks to have better results.