Isabela and Fernandina Islands

Mar 06, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

This was our first day in the western part of the Galapagos Archipelago. We crossed the equator line after breakfast! The landscape of the northern part of Isabela is surreal. We boarded our Zodiacs and started an amazing exploration along the coastal area. We saw Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos fur seals, flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies and brown noddy terns. After a short time on board, we all changed and went snorkeling. It was unbelievable! Although there was a swell in the area, we snorkeled with ocean sunfish, Mola Ramseyi, a large number of Pacific green sea turtles and many fish! In the afternoon, we visited the youngest island, Fernandina. This is the beginning of life and a perfect example that although this is a harsh and hostile environment, life is resilient and find always a way to settle! Galapagos at its best!

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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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