Genovesa Island

Jan 06, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Today it was the last day of an amazing expedition in the Galapagos archipelago. This island holds the largest population of red footed boobies in the world! It is an incredible place to observe sea birds, such as great frigate birds, Nazca boobies, and swallow tailed gulls. The morning was spent at Darwin bay, a delight for nature photographers, as the birds pose for you. The conditions for deep water snorkeling looked very favorable, so we went to the exposed cliffs and were fortunate to see a hammerhead shark. It was a big one! During the afternoon we enjoyed a great walk at “El Barranco”, where we got to see the short eared owl! It was a fantastic trip and the memories will last a lifetime! 

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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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