Isabela Island

Feb 06, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


To awaken in the western realm of the Galapagos is to be transported back to a time when the land was newly formed and fresh for exploration. We start our day at the base of Alcedo Volcano, where we walk upon an area uplifted from the ocean in the 1950s. Giant tortoises, land iguanas, and numerous Darwin finches are encountered as we explore. Navigating to Tagus cove in the afternoon, we walk in Darwin’s footsteps. Surrounded by Galapagos penguins and green sea turtles as we swim, we are accepted as part of this environment. As the sun changes its luminosity in the late afternoon, we witness the Galapagos penguins returning to shore to bathe in the late light of our setting sun.

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About the Author

Jason Heilmann

Expedition Leader

Growing up in northern California, Jason was surrounded by the incomparable nature of the Pacific Northwest. While attending university there, Jason met and eventually married an Ecuadorian woman who happened to be from a small group of islands off the coast of western South America. It was thus that Jason’s path led him to Ecuador and, in time, to one of the most revered natural environments on earth, the Galápagos Islands.

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