Day 3 in the Galápagos Islands brought us to Santiago Island, the second island that Charles Darwin visited during his explorations.
After a long night of navigation from Genovesa, (we were all dropping like flies that night because the waters were so choppy!), we arrived to a beautiful sunrise and the enchanting waters of Santiago Island. Our first land exploration was to Sullivan Bay, where we were able to walk across recent lava flow. Walking across this recent lava flow, the consequent barren landscape, and the heat emanating from the ground was a powerful reminder of nature’s dominance.
I was so enchanted by the patterns in the lava. The pictured lava is called pahoehoe lava, the Hawaiian term for this smooth, ropy lava. Also in abundance on the island is aa (AH-ah!) lava. One guess why it is called this? Well, the term aa lava is also of Hawaiian origin, and very aptly refers to the sound you make as you walk across the lava when barefoot. Victor (our guide), was barefoot the entire excursion and never once did he say, “AH-ah!” Strong man. On a less technical note, the designs in the more feet-friendly pahoehoe lava reminded me of a David Yurman crossover bracelet or ring…yep, I went there.
After exploring Sullivan Bay, we snorkeled the surrounding waters, then went back to the boat to navigate towards Bartolomé, home to the most pictured rock in all of the Galápagos, the Pinnacle Rock (below). Pinnacle Rock was formed during a volcanic eruption that shot up and ultimately created this picturesque Galápagos spot.
Before the panga dropped us off in a small bay opposite Pinnacle Rock, a spot that led us to a beautiful viewpoint that was worth the climb, we got to see some penguins! Anyways, the hike to the viewpoint is dotted with fun formations of lava that visitors are allowed to pick up. Surprisingly, they are SO heavy. I mean, look how strong we are below! Just kidding. It is actually really light. Lame joke.
Our visit to Santiago and Bartolomé was one of my favorites over the eight days. I cannot begin to describe the amount of wildlife, living freely within their natural habitat. The Galápagos Natural Park has done a wonderful job allowing tourists to enter, without disturbing the animals.
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