Floreana Island

Jul 01, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


We spent the day at Floreana Island, once known as the “island of the thousand volcanoes,” due to its high concentration of parasitic cones. We landed before breakfast at Punta Cormorant. Here we enjoyed a leisure walk and observed greater flamingos and blue-footed boobies.

After breakfast, National Geographic Endeavour II was repositioned towards Champion Islet. Multiple options were offered here: Zodiac rides, glass-bottom boat rides and snorkeling. Great conditions for every option, our guests were delighted! In the afternoon we visited Post Office Bay. This is great place to take out our kayaks and paddleboards, young sea lions and Pacific green sea turtles were spotted. Our young explorers enjoyed the green sandy beach and a good exchange of postcards took place. Floreana Island is a gift for the soul!

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Wilo Castaneda

Naturalist

Wilo was born and raised in the Galápagos Islands. From an early age, he was fascinated by outdoors activities, and excelled at basketball, cycling, swimming, and snorkeling. In 1999, he trained to become a Naturalist Guide for Galápagos National Park and in 2002, he trained to become a Diver’s Guide for the Galápagos Marine Reserve. He has since worked as a guide on board various ships, gaining an intimate knowledge of all the island’s most-visited sites. Wilo enjoys scuba diving with large schools of hammerhead and whale sharks all around the archipelago. 

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Lenin Villacis

Naturalist

Lenin was born in the capital city of Quito, where he grew up surrounded by the mountains and volcanoes of the Andean region of Ecuador. At age 17, he received a scholarship to study in Mexico, and a few years later traveled to the U.S. and finished college with a degree in Earth sciences. In 1994 he returned to Ecuador to undergo a training course to become a naturalist guide for his incredibly rich and biodiverse home country, and started working in the Amazon rain forest of Ecuador. 

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