Floreana Island

Feb 27, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Today we visited the southern island of Floreana. It was a great opportunity for an early walk before breakfast. The weather was fantastic! We saw greater flamingos in the brackish water lagoon and further ahead, as we walked towards the white sandy beach, several tracks of the Pacific green sea turtles were found; eggs were recently laid there. What is more, turtles were mating close to shore. Here just before embarking, we observed blue-footed boobies! Later in the morning, we enjoyed a great Zodiac ride around Champion Islet and here our guests were delighted with a great snorkeling with playful Galapagos sea lions, white tipped reef sharks, and plenty of colorful fish. The afternoon was spent at Post Office Bay, where we exchanged postcards, were amazed with the wildlife around us during kayaking, a spectacular Zodiac ride and easy snorkeling off the beach with sea turtles!

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Vanessa Gallo

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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 conservation at an early age. After majoring in history at Carleton College in Minnesota, and completing 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 Galápagos. These experiences gave him some amazing travel opportunities and strengthened his resolve to support environmental protection.

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