A strikingly beautiful red landscape, produced by high iron content and quick oxidation, gives this island the nickname “mars on earth".
After disembarking on a red sand beach where it is possible to see the millennia-old lava fields, a trail surrounded by Palo Santo trees (Holy Stick) and the endemic species of prickly pear cactus of the island leads to cliffs used by blue-footed boobies to perch while resting between dives.
Rabida is also a great place for observing the different bird species of the archipelago, as it usual to find some of the rarest avian species of the Galapagos, including nine varieties of finches, Galapagos hawks, brown pelicans and large-billed flycatchers.
Rabida is also home to pelicans, marine iguanas, and the ever-present sea lions. The visit to this island ends with some snorkeling on the shores, where, with a little bit of luck, is possible to encounter Galapagos penguins.
PM: Chinese Hat - wet landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking
This small islet off the southeast coast of Santiago Island is a moderately recent volcanic cone that gets its name from its shape, that resembles a Chinese hat.
Consisting of lava tubes and pillow-type lava formations, indicating that the flows were formed under the sea and rose upwards, this island is a great way to understand and experience different geological features firsthand.
The islet’s 400-meter trail begins at a small white-sandy beach where sea lions and oystercatchers dwell, passing through the lava fields where is possible to appreciate the lava formations very close.