North Seymour and Rábida Islands

Aug 20, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we had the opportunity to explore a couple of Islands on the central realm of the archipelago, in the morning was North Seymour Island and in the afternoon Rábida Island.

After breakfast, we headed ashore on our Zodiacs and landed on a small dock where we were greeted by lots of sally light-foot crabs as well as swallow-tailed gulls, and Galapagos sea lions. As soon as we began our walk we realized it was going to be a great place to explore, this island main characteristic is to have several species of sea birds nesting by the trail; we had the chance to find some blue-footed boobies as well as great and magnificent frigatebirds.

Along the trail, we found some Galapagos land iguanas looking for food while others were trying to find some shade under the bushes. The Galapagos land iguana is unique to the archipelago and the ones living on this island were relocated from Baltra Island by the early 1930’s to help this species to survive. The experiment worked well and thanks to that, we were able to find several iguanas in great conditions.

As we left North Seymour Island and navigated towards Rábida Island, this is an island well known for the magnificent contrast in colors between the bright red color sand and the green vegetation on the upper moist highlands. This was the place where we went snorkeling from the beach. Some of our guests also snorkeled from the Zodiacs along the cliffs in deep waters. Everyone enjoyed this activity and saw green sea turtles, many different species of fish and some encounter a lonely white tipped reef shark swimming by the wall.

Later on the afternoon, we went ashore to walk along the coast with our expert photo instructors while others went on a hike. The day ended with a very colorful sunset that we all enjoyed.

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Gilda Gonzalez

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Gilda was born in Ambato, located in the very heart of the Ecuadorian Andes. Since she was a child, she loved animals, often rescuing street cats and dogs. Her parents always made sure there were nature books and plenty of Jacques Cousteau’s videos at home. She graduated from high school with a degree in chemistry and biology. Afterwards, Gilda obtained a B.A. in tourism and hotel management in Quito. She also studied English, French and German, later spending two months in Brussels, Belgium.

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