Isabela Island, Sierra Negra Volcano

Jun 26, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

What a fantastic day! Today aboard the National Geographic Endeavor II we had the opportunity to choose many different activities to explore Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago. Early in the morning, we started visiting Urbina Bay, a black sandy beach located on the rim of Alcedo Volcano. As we walked along the trail, we had close encounters with yellow land iguanas and giant Alcedo tortoises! After the hike, some guests returned to the ship by Zodiac and others did a mega-swim, swimming back to the ship from the shore of Urbina Bay beach. Today we had a delicious traditional Ecuadorian buffet lunch where we learned the proper way to eat ceviche.

In the afternoon, the National Geographic Endeavour II moved to Tagus Cove. In this beautiful and protected cove, guests had the opportunity to paddleboard, kayak and snorkel surrounded by marine life including curious Galapagos penguins. When we finally were getting ready for our second hike of the day, the Galapagos Islands started showing their power; Sierra Negra Volcano erupted! Sierra Negra has the biggest caldera in the Galapagos Island, and one of the largest in the world. The National Geographic Endeavour II pulled up its anchor and set course towards the eruption, and our guests had the chance to watch the beautiful scene as the colors of the sunset blended into the eruption!

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Ixora Berdonces


Ixora was born in the Galapagos Islands, back when the streets were made of sand and gravel. Void of TV and tablets, her childhood friends and pristine natural surroundings made for an inspiring upbringing. She was always drawn to the ocean and her local environment, with her first adventures taking place underwater, in mangrove estuaries, and perched in treetops. Not surprisingly, she was scuba diving before the age of 12 and led her first diving trips as a Dive Master in the Galapagos Marine Reserve when she was 18. 

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Vanessa Gallo, Gianna Haro and Ixora Berdonces

Vanessa Gallo, Gianna Haro and Ixora Berdonces

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Rodrigo Moterani

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Rodrigo Moterani was born in Brazil, where he still lives. After spending his teen years playing with camcorders and VCRs, Rodrigo ended up working in the field of television journalism and video production in his home country. He graduated with a degree in communications in 1997.

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