Espanola Island

Jan 01, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

It was the first full day of our expedition and we visited Espanola Island. This island is an explosion of wildlife! The morning was spent at Gardner Bay, a gorgeous white sandy beach with turquoise waters, where Galapagos sea lions love to rest. The first snorkeling opportunity right off the beach and deep water snorkeling by Gardner Islet. During the afternoon we enjoyed a great hike at Punta Suarez; colorful marine iguanas, Espanola lava lizards, Galapagos sea lions including a new born; Nazca boobies, waved albatross and the top predator of the Archipelago, the Galapagos hawk! What an incredible bay and this is only the beginning of a trip of a life time!

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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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