Genovesa Island

Jul 06, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Today we visited Genovesa, one of the northern Islands of the Galapagos Archipelago. Genovesa is a bird’s paradise and houses the largest colony of red-footed boobies on earth. The morning was spent at Darwin Bay, and with just an easy stroll, we could observe hundreds of seabirds such as great frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobies, and the iconic red-footed booby. Guests were offered water activities such as kayaking and snorkeling inside this protected and submerged caldera. Conditions were great, and many colorful fish was seen. In the afternoon we visited Prince Philip’s Steps where we had another opportunity for close encounters with seabirds. As a bonus we found the short-eared owl. Being here is a surreal experience and it’s as if you are in a different world!

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Vanessa Gallo


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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