Española Island

Jun 02, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Española Island is the southeasternmost island in the archipelago. It is slowly but surely losing the battle against the elements, after drifting over 200 kilometers from its birthplace. As it has moved on top of the Nazca tectonic plate, it has effectively lost all influence of the Galapagos Hotspot, the life force that fuels most volcanic activity in this group of islands. Despite being presently only a fraction of its original size, it is still home to vast numbers of sea birds, as well as an endemic species of mockingbird and lava lizard, unique not only to the archipelago but specific to Española. We explored the northeastern end of the island at Gardner Bay and nearby Gardner Islet during the morning, and the western end at Suarez Point during the afternoon.

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Benjamin Ayala


Ben is a German-Ecuadorian naturalist guide who grew up on San Cristobal, the eastern-most island of the Galápagos Archipelago, home to the political capital of the province.

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