Fernandina and Isabela Islands

Jun 25, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Travelling to the western realm of Las Encantadas is like travelling back in time. Fernandina and Isabela islands are the largest and youngest of the Galapagos Archipelago, and their elegant, majestic shield volcanoes rise tall over the Bolivar Channel, which divides both islands. This remote area is quite pristine and relatively untouched, with rather simple food chains and unique species found nowhere else in the world. Galapagos remains as one of the last oceanic archipelagos that still keeps around 90% of its original biota, and its preservation is a high priority for both Ecuadorians and the international community.

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Gaby Bohorquez


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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