Isabela Island

May 01, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


We spent the day at Isabela Island, visiting Urbina bay in the morning for a nature walk which our guests loved. Fortunes of an already enjoyable day further improved once we came upon a number of Alcedo giant tortoises! We found male and female tortoises and a young tortoise along the trail. There was great cloud cover, and the Galapagos land iguanas were all over the trail, with several territorial males keeping their guard up for trespassers. Urbina Bay has a green and lush vegetation. Plants play an important role in providing shade during the warmer days.

In the afternoon, we visited Tagus Cove, a site historically used by sailors to rest on land and look for food and potable water. Now the cove is hotbed for snorkeling, kayaks, and Zodiac rides along the shoreline. We later went on an invigorating hike up to the rim of a tuff cone marked by wonderful sightings and weather conditions. Galapagos is a dream destination if there ever was one!

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Vanessa Gallo

Naturalist

Vanessa Gallo’s grandparents arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1936, making her the third generation of her family to live and work in this magical archipelago. She left the islands for the capital city of Quito for high school, where she discovered that learning foreign languages was one of her main interests. Coming from a family of naturalist guides, it was not a surprise that she also became one at the age of 17. Vanessa left the islands once again for Switzerland, where she earned a diploma in tourism and strengthened her language skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She has also travelled extensively to destinations including as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, the Canary Islands, Mauritius, and many European countries.

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Joshua Vela

Video Chronicler

Joshua is our first Video Chronicler from the Galápagos Islands! He grew up on the island of Santa Cruz where he developed a strong connection with the natural world that surrounded him, and where he learned the importance of conservation.

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