Bartolome and Rabida Islands

Nov 13, 2017 - National Geographic Islander

This morning we explored Bartolome Island where we had great light and weather conditions to enjoy the walk to the summit. The landscape is overwhelming! Afterwards our guests enjoyed snorkeling and we got to see the famous Galapagos penguins. The National Geographic Islander was repositioned towards Rabida Island. This Island is particularly beautiful because of the red sandy beach. After kayaking and snorkeling we went for an easy stroll along the beach and enjoyed observing the Galapagos sea lions. It was a spectacular day filled with unforgettable memories.

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Vanessa Gallo


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.

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Julio Rodriguez

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Born and raised in Ecuador, the son of Spanish and American parents, Julio developed a passion for storytelling and environmental conservation at an early age. After majoring in History at Carleton College (Minnesota), with a thesis on the Basque anti-Franco movement, he taught English in Spain and made short promotional films for an energy efficiency company in India and two environmental conservation NGOs in Greece and Galapagos. 

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