Genovesa Island

May 10, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

On our last day of adventure onboard National Geographic Endeavour II, we visited Genovesa Island, a horseshoe-shaped island located in the northeastern region of the Galapagos archipelago. This island is certainly a bird paradise—its isolation has created the perfect conditions for sea birds. Currently, sea birds are within the most numerous inhabitants of the place, and we spent our day walking among hundreds of Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, frigatebirds and the very colorful red-footed boobies. All of these marvelous birds are fearless and undisturbed by our presence, making it one of the most extraordinary places on earth. This experience is breathtaking, beyond any expectation or dream, and surely today´s images will remain in our hearts for the rest of our lives.

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About the Author

Africa Berdonces


Africa grew up in the Galápagos Islands where she spent her childhood exploring with her family, surrounded by exquisite nature. She took her first scuba diving lesson with her father off the coast of Sombrero Chino Island when she was just 12 years old. That first dive opened up a new and unexplored part of the natural world to her. Africa became enchanted by local marine life and went on to become a divemaster, working as both a dive guide and naturalist in her beloved islands.

About the Photographer

Patricio Maldonado

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Patricio, better known as Pato amongst his friends, was born in the Galápagos Island. His family moved to the islands from the mainland and settled on the island of Santa Cruz over thirty-five years ago. Pato had an enchanted childhood in the islands, where his keen interest in the wildlife of the Galápagos was born initially through catching lizards and observing how they lost their tails. His experiences in the islands have led him to teach visitors about the need to protect this rare and unique environment.

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