Genovesa Island

Dec 23, 2017 - National Geographic Islander


Our last expedition of the week took place on the far north of the Archipelago, on Genovesa Island. We woke up to the sunrise to go birdwatching as we kayaked off the coast of Genovesa. The morning continued on Darwin Bay, a beautiful white sand beach where young red-footed boobies nest and gather as they learn how to fly and dive for food.

The adventure continued in the afternoon on another part of Genovesa Island. This time the hike started with a 20 meter stair climb to arrive to bird paradise. Nazca boobies, swallowed tail gulls, frigate birds and red-footed boobies welcomed us and as we continued the hike we got to short eared owl territory. We looked for them with our binoculars to be surprised and find them only a few meters away from us.

As we returned from Genovesa Island to the boat, one of the most breathtaking sunsets accompanied us, it was the perfect and most beautiful way to end an amazing week in paradise!

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Gianna Haro


Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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Jonathan Aguas

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Jonathan was born into one of only a handful of families that reaches back five generations in Galápagos, in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristobal Island. He first left the islands when he won a highly-coveted scholarship to finish his studies in the U.S.  This was the start of his life-long passion for science and languages. He earned a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology from the University of Florida and later spent time in Europe, where he learned French. He is now fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

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