Española Island

Jul 30, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Today we had our first full day of our expedition on one of the most iconic and wonderful islands of the Galapagos, Española Island. We started with kayaking early in the morning. Afterward, we jumped into the water for our first snorkelling of the week, where we had very close encounters with Galapagos sea lions and a couple of sea turtles resting on the sandy bottom of Gardner Bay. We also had a great time exploring Gardner Bay beach and seeing a big colony of sea lions that dominate this white sandy area. For lunch, we enjoyed an Ecuadorian buffet with a wide variety of dishes from the coast and highlands of Ecuador. After lunch, we had a presentation about photography in the Galapagos. In the afternoon, we sailed to Punta Suarez, the best place to observe the waved albatross which uses this site as one of its main nesting colonies. This is just our first day, but everyone already has a lot of excellent pictures to choose from. There have been so many wonderful subjects.  

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José Guerrero

Naturalist

José Guerrero Vela is an Ecuadorian permanent resident of the Galápagos. His mother was born in the Galápagos and his grandfather was one of the first generation of teachers there, which has always inspired him to promote education as the main path to protect the islands.  

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