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Santiago Island

 
Hiking on Santiago Island
Hiking on Santiago Island (Callie Woody)

We awoke that morning to our ship manager, Martin’s, wakeup call, “Good morning, Petrel mates! It’s another beautiful day in paradise. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 in the dining room. Please wear clothing for a hike and shoes for a wet landing. Have a blessed morning!”  Feeling well-rested despite the night journey, I crawled downstairs to meet my shipmates for breakfast. Served buffet style, we were offered the typical selection of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes fruit and cereal. I filled up on coffee from the espresso machine and prepared for a day of hiking and site seeing!

We met out on the main deck to board the zodiacs, and set off for the lava island of Santiago, a geologically-young island of hardened lava fields and desolate landscape. It was unlike any place I’d ever been on earth. We trekked around the island for a bit, learning about volcanic explosions and more about the formation of Santiago.

We returned to the boat for lunch and a few hour’s rest before again boarding the zodiacs for a dry landing at Pinnacle Rock, the iconic view spot in the islands. The view sure lived up to its fame, and we easily spent an hour admiring the archipelago.
 

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