Floreana

Sep 11, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we visited the Island of Floreana located in the south of the Archipelago. The island is full of history, due to the presence of pirates, whalers and several groups which established here at the end of 1920”s.

By the time we were awaken, the sun was shining and the sky was blue and with very few clouds around. This was ideal for our 06:30 am early hike, because we wanted very good light to see the flamingoes at the lagoon of the visitor site, among other creatures of this beautiful location.

Along the trail we found some interesting land birds, such as finches and warblers; we also saw a “Palo Santo” forest, and we had the chance to smell the fragrant scent of the sap of this amazing tree. During the dry months of the year, the tree loses its leaves completely, and by the end of the year, when the first rains start, the tree and the whole forest turns green.

During the hike we were able to see to different beach areas, the first one is brown and green, because the sand there has olivine crystals and other minerals, the second beach area is white and built by remains of coral and shells. Here we saw many turtle nests and some very fresh tracks of them, which probably arrived to the beach the night before our visit.

After the hike, we had a wonderful breakfast and one hour later or so, we went snorkeling. When we were snorkeling, several sea lions approached to us, with very playful intentions, they were very curious and were looking at us, as we were a kind of very clumsy fellow swimmers. We also saw a great variety of fish of the Galapagos, and a very interesting underwater topography.

Around noon, we had a delicious lunch, and after a short rest, we developed several activities, such as kayaking, and paddle boarding, in this amazing little bay full of sea turtles.

By the end of the afternoon, we landed on Post Office Bay, a very iconic historical place in the Galapagos, to check the “funky” post barrel area, which was originally set at the end of the 17th hundreds.

We ended the day with an amazing sunset and very happy after all this great experience.

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Lenin Villacis

Naturalist

Lenin was born in the capital city of Quito, where he grew up surrounded by the mountains and volcanoes of the Andean region of Ecuador. At age 17, he received a scholarship to study in Mexico, and a few years later traveled to the U.S. and finished college with a degree in Earth sciences. In 1994 he returned to Ecuador to undergo a training course to become a naturalist guide for his incredibly rich and biodiverse home country, and started working in the Amazon rain forest of Ecuador. 

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