Isabela and Fernandina Islands

Oct 31, 2017 - National Geographic Islander


Today was one of those magical Galapágos days where the expected and unexpected joined forces to create memories that will not easily be left behind.

We woke up at daybreak rounding the head of northern Isabela Island; continued west and south over the Equator line, took Zodiac rides, snorkeled, and hiked. Between our experiences off northern Isabela Island, and northeastern Fernandina Island, the awe inspired by Mother Nature at her most fierce and gentle, simply grew and grew.

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Cindy Manning

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Born in Lima, Peru, of North American parents, Cindy and her family subsequently lived in several South American and European countries with a couple stops in Peoria, Illinois. Cindy received a degree in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Afterwards, Cindy spent a year and a half teaching science in the Western Province of Kenya, East Africa. 

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Matthew Ritenour

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Matthew grew up on the Gulf of Mexico, where a love of geography, culture and history were instilled at a young age. He studied anthropology at California State University, Chico, and soon began working at the Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology (ALVA), a documentary production studio that focuses on sharing the results of anthropological research with the public. As a cinematographer and editor at ALVA, he documented research on everything from the effects of drought in California, to looted petroglyphs in the Sierra Nevada high desert, and the global trade in emeralds.

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