Española Island

May 20, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


We had another full and interesting day in Galapagos! Today we explored the southern island of Española and participated in a wide variety of activities. In the morning we had a stretching session on a lovely white sand beach and were charmed by a sea lion pup who wanted to join in! After breakfast, we had some top-notch snorkeling in the company of colorful fish and friendly sea lions. Later we relaxed and walked the beach and kayaked.

In the afternoon, many of us hiked along a rocky trail that took us through sea lion and sea bird colonies and up to the edge of a dramatic cliff where salt spray was thrown many meters high by the force of waves pounding into a blowhole. The walk was a bit difficult but well worth every lava boulder carefully stepped upon! The wildlife was incredible. We took dozens of photos and we returned to the ship just as the sunset. Alternately, I took a group of guests out by Zodiac and we enjoyed seeing the sea birds in flight, the iguanas on the rocks and sea lions resting on the beach, and several sea turtles floating on the ocean surface.

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About the Author

Lynn Fowler

Expedition Leader

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, and one of seven children, Lynn grew up in various university towns where her father was a professor of physics. Lynn obtained her B.A. in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, followed by a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Florida, which encompassed a study of marine turtles in Costa Rica. She arrived in Galápagos in 1978 and became one of the first female naturalist guides working for the Galápagos National Park.

About the Photographer

José Guerrero

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

José Guerrero Vela is an Ecuadorian permanent resident of the Galapagos. His mother was born in the islands and his grandfather was one of the first generation of teachers in the Galapagos, which has always inspired him to promote education as the main path to protect the archipelago.

About the Videographer

Mark Coger

Video Chronicler

Growing up in a military family, Mark Coger has been traveling most of his life.  While living in Japan, he developed his passion for videography.  He began his venture in the field of video production by filming numerous events for a local high school and the military community before moving to Southern California, where he obtained his degree in filmmaking at California State University Northridge.  From there, he went on to produce and direct his first major short film, An American Journalist which was screened at the Method Film Festival.

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