Dry landing. We walk past a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingos can occasionally be found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, and offering scenic views of the anchorage and neighbouring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers and Galapagos doves.
PM - Bartolomé
Dry or wet landing. Here we discover a fascinating moonscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones - lava bombs, spatter cones and cinder cones as we hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We may also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards and blue-footed boobies.
Beach time is a great opportunity to snorkel and see Galapagos penguins, sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks as well as a great variety of colourful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkelling experiences as the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life.
Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable. Pioneer plants can be seen, so called because they are the first to establish roots on new ground. They include Tiquilia nesiotica (known as gray matplant and which is endemic to the island) and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus and Scalesia bushes. Behind the beach are dunes covered by mangroves.