Isabela and Fernandina Islands

Jan 09, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Quite a day full of fantastic experiences! After a night-long navigation we reached the western isle, the most remote region of the Galápagos archipelago. In the early morning sunshine we woke up to stunning landscapes of elegant volcanoes and lava fields. The north of Isabela is crossed by the equator line, so a ceremony to celebrate this event was a must! When we dropped anchor at Punta Vicente Roca, we suddenly felt we had somehow reached some Nordic fjords, with the tall, dark outer slopes of Ecuador Volcano nearby. Fernandina to the west is the youngest of the Galápagos Islands and is rather dull and inhospitable-looking, but as soon as we set foot on it we realized we had reached a new dimension. It is a world entirely dominated by reptiles, where the endemic marine iguanas are king. On the nearby shores, endless numbers of marine turtles, and young Galápagos sea lions made this a day we shall never forget.

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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.

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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 conservation at an early age. After majoring in history at Carleton College in Minnesota, and completing 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 Galápagos. These experiences gave him some amazing travel opportunities and strengthened his resolve to support environmental protection.

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