Gardner Bay, Española Island

Nov 19, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Today we experienced the beauty of one of the most incredible islands of the Galapagos: Española Island. We started our day with an optional kayak outing before breakfast. After breakfast, we had our first snorkeling experience. Guests had the opportunity to snorkel with sea lions and schools of colorful fish. We also visited Gardner Bay where we walked along a pristine white sandy beach, home to a sea lion colony.  For lunch, we enjoyed a fantastic Ecuadorian buffet with a variety of local and regional dishes. Late, guest enjoyed a presentation about photography composition. Our last visit of the day was Punta Suarez. Here, we spotted hundreds of marine iguanas, many colonies of sea lions, and many waved albatross and Nazca boobies. Our first full day of the expedition was a complete success, and everyone is excited about what is coming next during the week. 

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José Guerrero


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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Julio Rodriguez

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Born and raised in Ecuador, the son of Spanish and American parents, Julio developed a passion for storytelling and conservation at an early age. After majoring in history at Carleton College in Minnesota, and completing a thesis on the Basque anti-Franco movement, he taught English in Spain and made short promotional films for an energy efficiency company in India and two environmental conservation NGOs in Greece and Galápagos. These experiences gave him some amazing travel opportunities and strengthened his resolve to support environmental protection.

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