Fernandina and Isabela Islands

Aug 06, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


The Western Isles of the Galápagos Archipelago always appear mysterious, thanks to the imposing and majestic silhouettes of their shield volcanoes in the early morning mist. This is a remote area of Las Enchantadas, and it takes a long navigation to reach it. Both Fernandina and Isabela are the youngest islands of the archipelago, so new that Sierra Negra Volcano, in the south, is still erupting since June 26th, with a couple of small vents producing new rocks not far from the coast. Fernandina and Isabela are almost pristine islands, with amazing wildlife that definitely captivated everyone.

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Gaby Bohorquez

Naturalist

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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