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Chinese Hat - Santiago

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Chinese Hat, locally known as Sombrero Chino, draws its name from the recognizable shape, that of a quaint Chinaman's hat. It is one of the smallest islands in Galapagos and it is basically a spatter cone, formed by the rocks and lava of a volcanic eruption. You can follow a trail leading from a beautiful beach, where you can spot marine iguanas and Sally-Lightfoot crabs, past a colony of sea lions and the occasional lava lizard, to a lava field, where you can see lava cacti growing. The calm and deep waters make this island a great spot for snorkeling.

Difficulty: Moderate

Disembarkation: Wet Landing

Interactions: Hiking ,Snorkeling ,Dinghy Ride

Highlights at Chinese Hat

  • Birdwatching
  • White Sandy Beach


American Oystercatcher, Blue-Footed Booby, Brown Pelican, Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Frigatebirds, Galapagos Green Turtle, Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Lava Gull, Galapagos Lava Heron, Galapagos Lava Lizard, Galapagos Marine Iguana, Galapagos Mockingbird, Galapagos Penguin, Galapagos Petrel, Galapagos Sea Lion, Galapagos Shearwater, Galapagos Sting Rays, Great Blue Heron, Nazca Booby, Swallow-Tailed Gull, Yellow-crowned Night Heron