Fernandina and Isabela Islands

Jul 09, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

The western islands of the Galápagos Archipelago are formidable, being also the most remote. The elegant, majestic outlines of Fernandina and Isabela’s shield volcanoes stand tall around Canal Bolivar, which divides both islands. In the past few weeks, both islands have been erupting brand new red-hot lavas, adding to the already inhospitable environment few species have been able to colonize. Bearing the brunt of the cold Cromwell Undercurrent, the waters surrounding this area are very cold, allowing for the increased productivity that supports countless endemic marine iguanas and sea turtles.

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Gaby Bohorquez


Gaby was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her first work in the Galapagos was on board a 90-passenger 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 Galapagos 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 passion and love for the islands during all these years.

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