Genovesa Island

Mar 30, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

We enjoyed our last day in the Galapagos at the remote island of Genovesa. Located in the northern hemisphere, Genovesa is a birder’s paradise! We disembarked before breakfast for a walk at Darwin’s Bay. During which, great male frigates almost countless in number flared their large candy-red gular pouches for us. Amazing!

Red-footed boobies perched on the red mangrove trees and Nazca boobies with their chicks all scattered and waddling about. This was our final opportunity for snorkel and kayak along the cliffs of Genovesa Island, and both activities were very well attended.

Later in the day, we came to the second visitor site known as “El Barranco”: a wonderful place to observe sea birds at close distances and get wonderful photography over the course of an afternoon. We later had the good fortune of seeing two short-eared owls, one of which was in hot pursuit of a storm petrel—right front of us!

If National Geographic had a movie, this would have been it; and how nice it was to be a part of it!

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Wilo Castaneda


Wilo was born and raised in the Galápagos Islands. From an early age, he was fascinated by outdoors activities, and excelled at basketball, cycling, swimming, and snorkeling. In 1999, he trained to become a Naturalist Guide for Galápagos National Park and in 2002, he trained to become a Diver’s Guide for the Galápagos Marine Reserve. He has since worked as a guide on board various ships, gaining an intimate knowledge of all the island’s most-visited sites. Wilo enjoys scuba diving with large schools of hammerhead and whale sharks all around the archipelago. 

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