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Isabela and Fernandina Islands

Sep 18, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Today we visited the youngest islands in the archipelago. The volcanos on Isabela and Fernandina are by far the most active in South America with eruptions happening ever two to four years, and sometimes more often. In fact, one of the volcanoes of Isabela island erupted just three weeks ago.

This morning, as we were traveling around the north side of Isabela Island and observing the majestic landscape surrounding us, we heard an announcement from our expedition leader to join at the bow of the ship to celebrate the crossing of the Equator. Later, we explored the shore of Isabela on Zodiacs. A Zodiac ride is the best way to explore the rocky shore dotted with iguanas, sea lions, Galapagos fur seals, blue-footed boobies, etc. This shoreline is spectacular. We also went snorkeling and were able to admire the area’s marine life. This site is just a dream. It is a wildlife paradise.

For the afternoon’s agenda, we visited Fernandina, the youngest island of the Galapagos. The island is pristine, littered with hundreds of marine iguanas, sea lions, sea turtles and flightless cormorants.  What a magical place!    

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Juan Carlos Avila

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Juan Carlos was born in Quito, Ecuador. He spent part of his elementary schooling in the province of Cotopaxi, a beautiful area in the Ecuadorian Andes ringed by volcanoes. In 1989 his family moved to the Galápagos and settled in the highlands of Santa Cruz, the second largest island in this archipelago. It was here that Juan Carlos finished high school and gained his deep love for nature.

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Mark Coger

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Growing up in a military family, Mark Coger has been traveling most of his life.  While living in Japan, he developed his passion for videography.  He began his venture in the field of video production by filming numerous events for a local high school and the military community before moving to Southern California, where he obtained his degree in filmmaking at California State University Northridge.  From there, he went on to produce and direct his first major short film, An American Journalist which was screened at the Method Film Festival.

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