Galápagos Islands Santiago
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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.

Galápagos Islands Santiago

Galápagos Islands Santiago

Galápagos Islands Santiago

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.

Galápagos Islands Santiago

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.

Galápagos Islands Bartolome

Galápagos Islands Bartolome

Galápagos Islands Bartolome

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.

Galápagos Islands Bartolome    Galápagos Islands Bartolome

Galápagos Islands Bartolome

Galápagos Islands Bartolome

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.

-Chelsea

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  1. First of all, I just came across your blog and I must tell you I am in love with the name. And all the posts. And the look of it. And these photos. And I just followed you on bloglovin’. Okay, I’m done now.

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  2. Wow! As a geography lover myself, I am (once again) so jealous! Wonderful photos as always – I can’t wait to see where you end up next.

    Emily x

  3. Amazing! What a place to go. You two are really on a fantastic trip. Particularly love the shot of the rippled black lava and you standing triumphantly with the rock. And great pants, by the way. : )

    Enjoy the travels! Fun to follow.

    Catherine

    • Haha! Can’t slip anything by a fashionista like you! I know my pants are pretty awful, but they are so practical while traveling…they can be pants, capris and SHORTS! So many different ways to wear them and they are comfortable. Cannot ignore comfort in when traveling long distances haha

    • Thank you Nancy! Galapagos is such a unique place in the world and I recognize how privileged I am to have been able to visit.

  4. WHo’d have thought Lava was so beautiful! What amazing formations. My Mum loves visiting the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands because she loves searching through the volcanic sands for citrine crystals! x

    • Right?!? The lava really is so beautiful! I have never been to the Canary Islands, but now that I am a lava lover, I might need to research it.

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