Fernandina Island

Apr 03, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Today we reached the western area of the Galapagos Archipelago, an area that is known for its nutrient-rich waters and the abundance of life that it sustains. Early in the morning we spotted an aggregation of around one hundred common dolphins, a great way of starting our day. After a delicious breakfast, we celebrated a warm ceremony for crossing the Equator line. Later on, we took a zodiac ride along the volcanic landscape of north Isabela Island. The geological features and the great amount of birds and sea lions made this ride really exciting. To end up our morning with another adventure, we snorkeled on Punta Vicente Roca, a great site to spot dozens of green sea turtles swimming around us. After lunch, we worked with our Global Explorers to produce a short movie trailer as part of our educational experiences on board and in the field. In the afternoon, we navigated south to visit Fernandina Island. This island has the greatest number of marine iguanas in the world, and is a fascinating opportunity for wildlife and landscape photography. To end up our day, we enjoyed a wine tasting on upper deck while enjoying an awesome sunset.

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About the Author

José Guerrero

Naturalist

José Guerrero Vela is an Ecuadorian permanent resident of the Galápagos. His mother was born in the Galápagos and his grandfather was one of the first generation of teachers there, which has always inspired him to promote education as the main path to protect the islands.  

About the Videographer

Julio Rodriguez

Video Chronicler

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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