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Floreana Island

Oct 23, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today was spent on beautiful Floreana Island. Early this morning, we enjoyed a great walk at Punta Cormorant; we observed several greater flamingos at the brackish water lagoon, as well as several pintail ducks. The landscape here differs so much from what we have seen so far—there are many parasitic cones, scoria cones and tuff cones, in such big numbers that the British used to call Floreana “the Island of the thousand volcanoes”. When we returned to the green sandy beach, we were delighted with the Galapagos sea lions and several blue-footed boobies that frolicked along the shoreline.

Later on, around Champion Islet, our guests enjoyed a variety of options: Zodiac rides, deep water snorkeling and glass-bottom boat rides. The water was clear and visibility was excellent, allowing us to see all of the colorful fish that inhabit the underwater realm. The afternoon was spent at the historical site, Post Office Bay, where postcards were exchanged, keeping the older sailors tradition alive. What is more, our guests had the opportunity for kayaking and paddleboards in a protected bay. What a great day! 

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About the Author

Vanessa Gallo

Naturalist

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.

About the Photographer

Celso Montalvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Celso was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At the age of nine he arrived in the Gal├ípagos for the first time and he was profoundly touched by nature, observation, and isolation.  When he saw the sharks, rays and turtles swimming in the bay, he was triggered by a sense of wonder that he did not feel before.  Celso believes education is key to preservation. After graduating from the Naval Academy at the age of 17 he moved to New York to continue his education.

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