Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove, Isabela Island

May 30, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Today after breakfast we visited Urbina Bay on the shores of Alcedo Volcano. After a wet landing we hiked through a forest that has grown on the uplifted rocky terrain that was a reef a mere sixty years ago. During our walk we were very lucky to have our first encounter with Galapagos giant tortoises.

We repositioned to Tagus Cove for the afternoon where we explored the shoreline and had our last encounter with the Flightless Cormorant from our Zodiacs, while snorkeling and aboard our kayaks and paddleboards.

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Ben is a German-Ecuadorian naturalist guide who grew up on San Cristobal, the eastern-most island of the Galápagos Archipelago, home to the political capital of the province.

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Dave grew up in a small town in the Finger Lakes region of New York and at an early age fell in love with the outdoors. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Geology, Dave set out to explore the world, working seasonally as a mountain guide and pursuing a growing interest in photography and storytelling. Since 2013, Dave has dedicated his time to working as a professional filmmaker. His work, projects and travels have drawn him to over 85 countries on six continents and his varied published work has appeared on television, in print and on the internet for clients such as Nat Geo Kids, PBS Nature and Outside Magazine.

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