Isabela and Fernandina Islands

Aug 22, 2017 - National Geographic Islander

We spent the day in the western part of the archipelago visiting the younger islands. Isabela is the largest, showing its majestic shield volcanoes and spectacular coastal line ideal for options like Zodiac rides and snorkeling. It was amazing, all we got to see, and so close! In the afternoon we visited Fernandina Island and took an incredible walk where we observed marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and Galapagos sea lions. This visitor site holds immense lava flows as dark as the color of the only sea going lizard of the world!  What a great day! 

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Vanessa Gallo


Vanessa Gallo’s grandparents arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1936, making her the third generation of her family to live and work in this magical archipelago. She left the islands for the capital city of Quito for high school, where she discovered that learning foreign languages was one of her main interests. Coming from a family of naturalist guides, it was not a surprise that she also became one at the age of 17. Vanessa left the islands once again for Switzerland, where she earned a diploma in tourism and strengthened her language skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She has also travelled extensively to destinations including as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, the Canary Islands, Mauritius, and many European countries.

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Vanessa Gallo and Paco Flores

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Mark Coger

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Growing up in a military family, Mark Coger has been traveling most of his life.  While living in Japan, he developed his passion for videography.  He began his venture in the field of video production by filming numerous events for a local high school and the military community before moving to Southern California, where he obtained his degree in filmmaking at California State University Northridge.  From there, he went on to produce and direct his first major short film, An American Journalist which was screened at the Method Film Festival.

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