Isabela & Fernandina Islands

Feb 20, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

The western part of the archipelago is considered the most productive area, as it is bathed by the Crownwell Current, which brings a lot of plankton to the surface. Today the weather conditions were perfect! We enjoyed a clear blue sky and calm waters while crossing the Equator. A Zodiac ride was offered at the visitor site known as “Punta Vicente Roca” and we got to see many blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans fishing, brown noddies nesting and a great number of ocean sun fish.

The snorkeling here was a once in a lifetime experience! Pacific green sea turtles were everywhere, Galapagos penguins swam by, and Galapagos sea lions decided to play with us! It was unbelievable, out of this world! In the afternoon we visited the young island of Fernandina. Life is resilient; pioneer plants are the first sign of life in the barren lava flow, and mesmerized with the black rocks we find the largest colony of Galapagos marine iguanas here. It was a perfect day, full of emotions and happy memories!

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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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Julio Rodriguez

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Born and raised in Ecuador, the son of Spanish and American parents, Julio developed a passion for storytelling and environmental conservation at an early age. After majoring in History at Carleton College (Minnesota), with a thesis on the Basque anti-Franco movement, he taught English in Spain and made short promotional films for an energy efficiency company in India and two environmental conservation NGOs in Greece and Galapagos. 

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