Isabela Island

Jul 10, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today we woke up on the western side of Isabela Island at Urbina Bay. Our day started with an amazing walk along a trail full of surprises. We had our first encounter with giant tortoises that were basking in the sun at the start of the trail. Guests were impressed by their size and lack of interest in our presence. We met several large male land iguanas further along the trail. Guests learned about special pheromones that the iguanas expel in order to exert their dominance and find mates. Guests cooled off with a refreshing swim after our hike while our young explorers learned how to drive our famous Zodiacs.

Snorkeling in the afternoon was spectacular: guests got their first up close encounter with Galapagos penguins and flightless cormorants as they were darting around the water column, hunting for squid and sardines.

We ended the day with a fast-paced hike up to Galapagos Lake, where guests enjoyed some breathtaking vistas. We spent a few silent minutes gazing out at the vast and empty lava fields of Tagus Cove, contemplating what it would have been like when the famous Wolf Volcano erupted.

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About the Author

Javier Carrion


Javier grew up on Santa Cruz island where his grandparents first arrived in the 1940´s. Veritable pioneers, his grandparents settled in the highlands where they found a place to raise their children.

About the Photographer

Walter Perez

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Walter was born in a very small town on the mainland of Ecuador. His first trip to the Galápagos was when he was 12 years old, visiting friends and aunt, who had moved to the islands. From the first moment he saw the Islands, he fell in love with them and knew then where his future home would be.

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