Punta Vicente Roca & Punta Espinoza

May 15, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Today we visited the western part of the Archipelago, including the youngest islands of the Galapagos: Isabela (Punta Vicente Roca) and Fernandina (Punta Espinoza). Early in the morning we observed common dolphins, later, after breakfast we crossed the equator.

Our dingy drive took us around Punta Vincente Roca, a place to learn about geology and to observe many species that are more abundant or unique to the western part of the Archipelago, including Galapagos Fur seals, sea turtles, marine iguanas and flightless cormorants. Later we snorkeled and saw dozens of green sea turtles feeding on marine algae.

In the afternoon, we travel to Punta Espinoza, on Fernandina Island. We saw huge aggregations of marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and the Galapagos hawk.

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Luis Vinueza


Luis arrived in the Galápagos Islands for the first time when he was 11 years old in 1983, and from that time on he knew that Galápagos would one day be his home. He returned to the islands in 1995 and spent 14 months camping in a tent. Seven of those months were spent on Española Island, studying the relationship of reproductive success and mate retention of Nazca boobies. In 1997, he started working for the marine lab at the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) on different fields including diving surveys to assess the patterns of marine biodiversity around the Galápagos Marine Reserve. His research included counting lobsters and sea cucumbers and participating as an advisor for CDRS during the negotiation process that led to the 1998 creation of the Galápagos Marine Reserve. 

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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 environmental conservation at an early age. After majoring in History at Carleton College (Minnesota), with 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 Galapagos. 

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