Isabela & Fernandina ISLANDS

Jul 10, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


This morning we visited the youngest islands of the Galapagos Archipelago. After breakfast we crossed the equator and enjoyed a Zodiac ride along the coast of Volcano Ecuador. Right afterward, our guests were delighted with a great snorkeling with Pacific green sea turtles, playful Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas, and flightless cormorants. In the afternoon, we went to the only visitor site of Fernandina Island, Punta Espinoza. The weather was overcast and great for photography. Here we found the largest number of Galapagos marine iguanas and got amazing photos of these ancient reptiles. We had a wonderful opportunity to see the beginning of life—when you see how plants grow out of the dark lava flows, you learn how resilient life is! Galapagos offers our guests to see what Darwin saw: evolution in action.

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Vanessa Gallo

Naturalist

Vanessa Gallo’s grandparents arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1936, making her the third generation of her family to live and work in this magical archipelago. She left the islands for the capital city of Quito for high school, where she discovered that learning foreign languages was one of her main interests. Coming from a family of naturalist guides, it was not a surprise that she also became one at the age of 17. Vanessa left the islands once again for Switzerland, where she earned a diploma in tourism and strengthened her language skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She has also travelled extensively to destinations including as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, the Canary Islands, Mauritius, and many European countries.

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