Fernandina & Isabela Island

Oct 02, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


This region of the archipelago is one the most isolated parts of Galapagos, with least amount of human impact to the environment.

This area has enough nutrients to support the largest congregation of marine iguanas, as well as seventy percent of the Galapagos penguin’s populations, and the entire population of Galapagos flightless cormorants. This part of the archipelago also provides the best chance to view large sea animals, such as whales, dolphins, ocean sunfish, sea lions, and turtles. So far, we have seen almost all of this animals during our expedition.

The geology of this region is also very impressive, because Fernandina and Isabela Islands are considered to be the youngest geological formations in Galapagos. This part of Galapagos has active volcanos, and it is not unusual to see volcanic activity almost every couple of years. 

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About the Author

Walter Perez

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Walter was born in a very small town on the mainland of Ecuador. His first trip to the Galápagos was when he was 12 years old, visiting friends and aunt, who had moved to the islands. From the first moment he saw the Islands, he fell in love with them and knew then where his future home would be.

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