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.