Española and Punta Suarez

Apr 23, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Today we enjoyed a wonderful day experiencing the astonishing wildlife of Española, the most eastern island of the Galápagos archipelago. We started with an early kayak session on Gardner Bay, then after breakfast, had our first snorkel exploration of the week. Everyone enjoyed the great visibility and the opportunity to play with juvenile sea lions who were making graceful pirouettes in the water. We also had a nice stroll along a pristine, white sand beach where sea lions and a diversity of endemic birds are part of the landscape. For lunch, we were delighted with a marvelous Ecuadorian buffet, and after that, our certified photo instructor Socrates gave a presentation about wildlife photography in the Galápagos. Later on we sailed to Punta Suarez, where we take one of the most fascinating walks we can experience in the islands. Here, one of the highlights was the waved albatross, the largest bird of the Galápagos. We ended our day with the great joy of having witnessed so much natural beauty.

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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

Mark Coger

Video Chronicler

Growing up in a military family, Mark Coger has been traveling most of his life.  While living in Japan, he developed his passion for videography.  He began his venture in the field of video production by filming numerous events for a local high school and the military community before moving to Southern California, where he obtained his degree in filmmaking at California State University Northridge.  From there, he went on to produce and direct his first major short film, An American Journalist which was screened at the Method Film Festival.

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