Isla Sombrero Chino Things to Do
We visited Sombrero Chino on the second day of the cruise with Cachalote (Fernandina Itinerary), and it was a lovely sunny day. After breakfast we took a short panga ride along the lava rocks of Santiago (where we were going to snorkel later) before heading to a small white sandy beach on the north side of Sombrero Chino. Here there is a wet...more
When you visit Sombrero Chino the snorkeling is done along the lave rocks of Santiago. Two years previous I had snorkeled at Sullivan Bay (Santiago), not far away. That had been excellent snorkeling with very clear water and lots of things to see. And we had been in the water for 1.5 hours. I hoped that the snorkeling opposite Sombrero Chino would...more
The first sight that greeted us here on Sombrero Chino was a mother Galápagos sea lion and her newborn pup, which Fabian estimated was just a few hours old. We could see the blood on the sand where his mother had apparently dragged him to a more sheltered spot near the rocks, and on her body too.There were quite a few other mothers and babies...more
Isla Sombrero Chino Transportation
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Before landing in Sombrero Chino we had a short panga ride along the rocky lava-covered shore of Santiago which lies opposite and very near. Here we saw Galápagos penguins for the first time, a Lava Heron and other sea-birds. The boats then crossed the channel to our main destination for the morning.
The landing here is a wet one, on a small white sand beach. We waded ashore and sat on the rocks to dry off our feet a little and put on the trainers we had carried in our back-packs. It’s possible too, of course, to use waterproof sandals for such landings, but on the rocky trails of the Galápagos it’s quite good to have enclosed shoes at times, and Fabian always allowed plenty of “settling-in” time on each island so there was never a rush to get shod.
One thing that struck me while sitting here was the beautiful turquoise colour of the water. It made a wonderful setting to get some shots of the Angelito at anchor, especially with a sea lion or two to frame the view! In the background is Santiago, so you can see how close these two islands are.
Once we were all ready, we started to look around, staying for the first part of our visit here on the beach, the subject of my next tip.Related to:
- National/State Park
Isla Sombrero Chino Favorites
The Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus wollebaeki) is an endemic subspecies. It is common, and there is a population of about 50 000 Sea Lions in the Galapagos Islands. They can be seen in many places near the shores, on beaches, on the rocks or even in the towns, and don’t be surprised if you get surrounded by playful sea lions while...more
The Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis) is endemic to Galapagos Islands. There it can be seen on most island but mostly on Isla Española, Isla Santa Fe, Santiago and Isla Fernandina, and it can be found both in the lowlands and in the highlands.Adult females and males look the same, but the females are larger than the males. The plumage is dark...more
The first time I visited Galapagos Islands I didn’t see any oystercatchers, so I’m very happy we saw a couple when visiting Sombrero Chino. There are only around 200 pairs of American Oystercatchers in Galapagos Islands and it is an endemic subspecies (Haematopus palliates galapagensis). The American Oystercatcher is a wader and can therefore be...more