San Cristobal, Punta Pitt & Cerro Brujo

Nov 02, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


We spent a great morning at Punta Pitt, the most eastern point in the Galapagos Archipelago. Our guests enjoyed a great hike up an eroded tuff cone, the landscape here is just breathtaking! We observed blue-footed boobies along the trail. Red-footed boobies were nesting on the branches of the bushes and flying above us. There was time for snorkeling off the green sandy beach of Punta Pitt, where fish and playful sea lions were with us.

The afternoon was spent at Cerro Brujo, a fantastic white sandy beach, where Galapagos sea lions were resting. Pacific green sea turtles were spotted close to the shore and American oystercatchers were posing for the eager photographers! A fantastic day ended as we sailed by Kicker Rock.

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Vanessa Gallo

Naturalist

Vanessa Gallo’s grandparents arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1936, making her the third generation of her family to live and work in this magical archipelago. She left the islands for the capital city of Quito for high school, where she discovered that learning foreign languages was one of her main interests. Coming from a family of naturalist guides, it was not a surprise that she also became one at the age of 17. Vanessa left the islands once again for Switzerland, where she earned a diploma in tourism and strengthened her language skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She has also travelled extensively to destinations including as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, the Canary Islands, Mauritius, and many European countries.

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James Napoli

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Jim was born in rural New England where he quickly developed an appreciation for the outdoors and a love of exploration.  Four years with the U.S. Navy further enhanced his appetite for travel. Always interested in the visual arts, he studied Television at Boston University and Northeast College of Communications, landing his first job in the industry working as an editor at a Boston television station. His wanderlust drew him to a job with two major cruise lines; installing and managing broadcast centers onboard a total of over a dozen ships. He has since moved on to specialize in expedition travel and wildlife productions.  

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