Isabela and Fernandina Islands

Nov 14, 2017 - National Geographic Islander

This morning we arrived at the northern realm of Isabela Island and had great weather. Today we got a nice bright sunny day and calm seas, which was perfect as we were looking for marine mammals and found a Bryde´s whale. As the morning advanced we went to Punta Vicente Roca and there we went on a Zodiac ride. We saw sun fish and lots of sea birds. Later on we went snorkeling with sea turtles, flightless cormorants, and Galapagos sea lions. In the afternoon we switched and went ashore to Punta Espinoza, which is always full of activity. We encountered Galapagos land iguanas, Galapagos sea lions, brown pelicans, and even a small Galapagos snake.

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Gilda Gonzalez


Gilda was born in Ambato, located in the very heart of the Ecuadorian Andes. Since she was a child, she loved animals, often rescuing street cats and dogs. Her parents always made sure there were nature books and plenty of Jacques Cousteau’s videos at home. She graduated from high school with a degree in chemistry and biology. Afterwards, Gilda obtained a B.A. in tourism and hotel management in Quito. She also studied English, French and German, later spending two months in Brussels, Belgium.

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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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