Genovesa Island

Feb 03, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Today we have woken up to an early kayaking outing in the northern hemisphere of the island of Genovesa, also known as Tower. Genovesa is located in the northeastern most point of the archipelago, an island that is constantly referred to as the Jewel of the Galapagos Islands. It is estimated that around one million birds forage around this island due to the surrounding high productivity waters. One of the highlights of this expedition are the red-footed boobies who nest on this island. As we walked along the trails, both during the morning beach walk and the afternoon hike, we had close encounters with tame and beautiful birds. It is an overwhelming experience to be able to have such close encounters with these creatures and know they trust we mean no harm to them. Their innocence and beauty is reflected in their behavior and we hope we can conserve this beautiful place as it is for future generations to come.

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Gianna Haro


Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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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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