Isabela Island

Sep 19, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today our itinerary was full of adventures! We started with a delicious Ecuadorian breakfast buffet, with traditional empanadas, fresh fruits, eggs, and more! Later on we had a walk around the magical Urbina Bay, surrounded by land iguanas, tortoises, lava lizards, penguins, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, pelicans and beautiful vegetation.

 Once everybody was back onboard, we attended a talk by naturalist Gabriela Bohorquez about the human history of Galapagos. During the navigation to our next destination, an Ecuadorian buffet was provided for us, with delicious ceviche as the highlight of the lunch. After a power nap, we had the option to kayak in Tagus Cove just to exercise a bit and enjoy the panoramic view. Right away after kayaking, we got ready to snorkeling with sea stars, marine turtles, sea lions, fish, penguins and flightless cormorants.

Later on, the guests had the option to have a second round of kayaking and to try paddleboarding! Our guests were enthusiastic to have the best experience doing exercise on paradise!

Our day was not over yet! We quickly headed back to our cabins to grab our hiking shoes, water and comfortable clothes for a walk into the arid zone of Isabela Island. Birds were singing all around while we enjoyed the scenic view of Darwin Lake from the top of the hill. 

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About the Author

Ixora Berdonces

Naturalist

Ixora was born in the Galapagos Islands, back when the streets were made of sand and gravel. Void of TV and tablets, her childhood friends and pristine natural surroundings made for an inspiring upbringing. She was always drawn to the ocean and her local environment, with her first adventures taking place underwater, in mangrove estuaries, and perched in treetops. Not surprisingly, she was scuba diving before the age of 12 and led her first diving trips as a Dive Master in the Galapagos Marine Reserve when she was 18. 

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