North Seymour and Rábida Islands

Apr 01, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Known as ‘Las Encantadas’, the Galápagos are one of the last relatively untouched oceanic archipelagos in the Pacific Ocean, where one can walk through seabird colonies and reptile’s territories. North Seymour is a unique island that is flat and low with dry vegetation, where rich, productive waters converge and therefore several species of marine birds have colonized it. This island has also been freed of introduced species, and it is obvious that the endemic land iguana, a striking reptile with predominantly yellow scales, is doing pretty well despite the chronic shortage of food.

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Gaby Bohorquez

Naturalist

Gaby was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her first job in the Galapagos was on board a 90-passenger cruise ship as the cruise director’s assistant, and she fell under the spell of the Enchanted Isles. She returned to Guayaquil to study at the Espiritu Santo Technological University to obtain a degree in Tourism Management. Her fascination for the islands was still strong so, after finishing her studies, Gaby took the opportunity to join the Naturalist Guide’s course, jointly organized by the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station. That was back in 1992, and she has been a naturalist since, keeping her deep love and passion for the islands during all these years.

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