Jan 29, 2018 - National Geographic Islander
Today we visited the magical island of Espanola, also known as Hood. Espanola is one of the oldest island we will get to visit this week and one of the highlights of this expedition due to its high percentage of endemism and overwhelming wildlife. Espanola island is a magnet for sea birds, sea lions, marine iguanas among other Galapagos species. We woke up to sunrise to kayak in the beautiful Gardner Bay and then went in the water for some snorkeling in the crystal clear water that bathes this island. Gardner bay lies along the northeastern of the island where a flawless white sand beach stretches along its coast, home to a colony of playful Galapagos sea lions. In the afternoon we visited Punta Suarez as we hiked along the trail having very close encounters with the wildlife. As we walked along this trails and saw the tameness of this beautiful creatures we could only stop and wonder how beautiful would the world be if we could coexist like animals do in the Galapagos Islands.
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