Tuesday, January 29: Bahia Ballena – Whale Bay (Santa Cruz Island) and Sombrero Chino Islet

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Morning: Bahía Ballena – Whale Bay (Santa Cruz Island) After breakfast we will disembark (wet landing) at a beautiful olivine beach (a volcanic crystal that forms in fast-cooling lava). The area has historical relevance since a small community lived in this area in the late 1900s, collecting lichen (Rosella Tictoria), used in the textile industry. The trail leads guests to an old watering hole used by the former settlers. There are also boobies, land birds and beautiful views of the northwest side of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy. Several activities are possible after the walk, such as snorkeling or a panga ride along the shoreline. We go back on board for lunch.

Afternoon: Sombrero Chino Islet Less than a quarter of a square kilometre in size, the tiny island of Sombrero Chino gets its name from its appearance: a Chinese hat. Lying just off the southeastern tip of San Salvador Island (James), this island, only formed fairly recently, makes a beautiful visit as one explores along its 400-meter-long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped, white, sandy beach. Several species of shore birds can be spotted, along with marine iguanas, lava lizards, Galápagos penguins, and sally lightfoot crabs. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities with white-tipped reef sharks and tropical fish.

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