Isabela Island

Jan 23, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

We spent the morning exploring Urbina Bay, halfway down the western coast of Isabela Island. This is the favored home for land iguanas and giant tortoises—not to mention the tremendous array of flora and bird species!

In the afternoon we explored Tagus Cove, the very place where the first explorers arrived to the archipelago. Our group wasted no time getting out on the water. Kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, Zodiacs, snorkeling, we did it all! Afterward, we hiked inland to a view overlooking Darwin Lake, from one of the first eruptive craters formed from early volcanic activity on the Island. This is the place where history, ecology, and leisure come together!

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Cindy Manning

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Born in Lima, Peru, of North American parents, Cindy and her family subsequently lived in several South American and European countries with a couple stops in Peoria, Illinois. Cindy received a degree in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Afterwards, Cindy spent a year and a half teaching science in the Western Province of Kenya, East Africa. 

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