Galapagos Information - Columbus TravelSombrero Chino Island

Sombrero Chino

Sombrero Chino is named after its shape formed by volcanic rock giving it the name, Chinese Hat.  Since it was given a maximum visiting capacity by the National Park Service it offers rare, up close viewing of Galapagos wildlife and well preserved remnants of fragile volcanic rock that can’t be found in such a unique condition anywhere else.  The islet is home to a colony of sea lions on the white coral sand beach.  Here you can see American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Penguins swimming along the shores, and Sally-Lightfoot Crabs in bright contrast to the dark volcanic rock. 


Highlights: Snorkeling with Galápagos penguins, playful sea lions and white-tipped sharks
Animals: Sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, white-tipped sharks, Galápagos penguins, sea lions
Difficulty: Good shoes necessary for walking on lava rock
Landing: Wet

*Note that the listed activites may differ depending of the time of the day of your visit, cruise itinerary and National Park regulations.