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January 2023

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Explore the Galápagos Islands PLAY WITH PENGUINS, SWIM WITH SEA TURTLES BY ELIZABETH HANSEN Pinnacle Rock, on Bartolomé Island, is a distinctive volcanic cone destinations | transportation Detour no jet skis, no noise of any kind. I imagined that I was seeing what Charles Darwin saw when he visited these volcanic islands in 1835. In fact, I later learned that it was here that he began to wonder if species of animals from mainland South America, 600 miles away, had evolved and adapted to local conditions. is idea formed the basis of his theory of evolution. On our first morning in the Galápagos, when our fellow travelers fanned out to survey Cerro Brujo Beach on San Cristóbal Island, I opted to sit on the white sand and stare out at the sea. e view was gorgeous — turquoise water, soft blue sky — but what I loved the most was the total lack of intrusive trappings. No hotels, no beach vendors, no oceanfront mansions, >> PINNACLE ROCK: COPYRIGHT FERNANDO SÁNCHEZ TERÁN @ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE JANUARY 2023 69

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