Española Island

Sep 24, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


As we step into the world that is Galapagos, we awaken at Gardner Bay surrounded by turquoise water. Española is one of the oldest islands in the archipelago and has developed a unique isolated environment that is found nowhere else on earth. We start our day with various encounters with Galapagos sea lions and the ever-curious Española mockingbird. As we sail into the afternoon, we start to realize that this area has no comparison in this world. Walking among the waved albatross, which is endemic to this island, we start to sense that there is an energy here, an attraction to this area because of shelter and nutrition. As the sun starts to dip into the ether, we are able to take a breath of sea air and realize that we have been accepted into this world among itself.

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Jason Heilmann

Expedition Leader

Growing up in northern California, Jason was surrounded by the incomparable nature of the Pacific Northwest. While attending university there, Jason met and eventually married an Ecuadorian woman who happened to be from a small group of islands off the coast of western South America. It was thus that Jason’s path led him to Ecuador and, in time, to one of the most revered natural environments on earth, the Galápagos Islands.

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