Espanola Island

Nov 20, 2017 - National Geographic Islander

We spent the day on one of the oldest islands of the archipelago, Espanola. It was a day filled with activities, with an early kayaking excursion, to deep water snorkeling, and an easy and fantastic stroll along the beautiful white sandy beach of Gardner Bay. In the afternoon we visited Punta Suarez, with an explosion of wildlife and a great place for nature photography. We enjoyed observing the Espanola mocking birds, Waved albatross, Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and the Galapagos sea lion females with their pups. It was an incredible day and the start of a voyage sure to be full of unforgettable experiences!

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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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