Genovesa Island

Jan 20, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Sometime in the middle of the night we have crossed the equator! We left Sullivan Bay and navigated northbound to Genovesa Island, one of the jewels of the Galápagos archipelago. Dubbed Hitchcock’s Island, it is estimated that up to one million birds may inhabit this flat, small, circular island. The vast oceans that surround it offer the perfect foraging grounds for seabirds, like red-footed boobies, great and magnificent frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and storm petrels. Every corner of Genovesa is stunning including its anchorage site, which happens to be a former magmatic chamber. A long time ago ocean waters entered the bay and then the southeastern rim gave way due to constant pounding of waves and wind action. 

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Gaby Bohorquez

Naturalist

Gaby was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her first job in the Galapagos was on board a 90-passenger cruise 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 islands 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 love and passion for the islands during all these years.

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