Española Island

Jan 13, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we woke up at Gardner Bay in Española Island. After a delicious breakfast on board National Geographic Endeavour II, some guests disembarked for a deep-water snorkeling experience along the shore of Gardner Islet, while other guests went to visit Gardner beach. We observed many charismatic Galapagos sea lions basking and playing in the white sand of the beach, and the Hood mockingbird, one of the four species of mockingbirds that we can find the Galapagos.

During lunch, Captain Pablo Garcés navigated our ship towards Suarez Point, in the other side of Española. Here we disembarked for a natural history hike and had the chance to observe the last waved albatrosses of the mating season, before they head southeast toward the coast of Peru to find food. We also had the chance to observe and talk about the natural history of Nazca boobies, marine iguanas, lava lizards and sea lions that appeared along our walk. We ended our hike with a wonderful sunset before we headed back to National Geographic Endeavour II.

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Javier Carrion

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Javier grew up on Santa Cruz island where his grandparents first arrived in the 1940´s. Veritable pioneers, his grandparents settled in the highlands where they found a place to raise their children.

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Alexandra Widman and Daniel Tomkins

Alexandra Widman and Daniel Tomkins

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