Isabela Island

Sep 06, 2017 - National Geographic Islander

Today it was our second day in the western part of the archipelago. It was a great morning with clear blue sky and calm waters. We visited Urbina Bay in the morning and enjoyed a great walk. Galapagos land iguanas were found as well as Darwin finches, Galapagos mocking birds, and green vegetation with yellow flowers. In the afternoon the National Geographic Islander was repositioned toward Tagus Cove and the different activities were spectacular. We snorkeled, kayaked, took an invigorating hike to the rim of the tuff cone…we got to see it all! Galapagos is magic!

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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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