Española Island

Dec 03, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II

The southernmost island of the Galápagos Archipelago is Española. It is over 4 millions years old, and over time this former shield volcano has developed a rather flattened outline. Gardner Bay is in the sheltered, leeward northern side of the island, and on its white, coralline sandy beach lie restful Galápagos sea lions. This long beach is the perfect battlefield for feisty Española mockingbirds, and other land birds like Galápagos doves and Darwin finches abound here. Española’s southern coastline is constantly battered by the southeastern trade winds, therefore tall cliffs rises above the ocean. This is the side preferred by the endemic waved albatrosses, the only tropical albatross species in the world.

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About the Author

Gaby Bohorquez


Gaby was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her first work in the Galapagos was on board a 90-passenger ship as the cruise director’s assistant, and she fell under the spell of the Enchanted Isles. She returned to Guayaquil to study at the Espiritu Santo Technological University to obtain a degree in Tourism Management. Her fascination for the Galapagos was still strong so, after finishing her studies, Gaby took the opportunity to join the naturalist guide’s course, jointly organized by the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station. That was back in 1992, and she has been a naturalist since, keeping her deep passion and love for the islands during all these years.

About the Photographer

Socrates Tomala


Socrates was born and raised in Galápagos. Since a very young age he has been involved in conservation serving as a volunteer for the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Growing up in the islands was quite an adventure for Socrates since he was able to see many islands that are restricted to most people and get close and personal with Galápagos wildlife.

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