Floreana Island

Jul 16, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


Floreana Island is also known as Santa Maria or Charles and sits in the mid-southern portion of the Galapagos. National Geographic Islander woke up anchored near Punta Cormorant in the northern part of Floreana. Our guests had a pre-breakfast wet landing on a beautiful beach with an abundance of olivine crystals, which sparkled with a green sheen in the sunlight.

We visited a flamingo lagoon, then following a short pebble trail, arrived on a powdery white sand beach where we found evidence of Pacific green turtles nesting. This shallow beach also contains a nursery of young diamond stingrays near the shoreline. It was quite a sight to see them go up and down with the surf.

After breakfast, we navigated to Champion Island and took a Zodiac ride in search of the elusive Charles mockingbird, which is no longer found on the main island. In the afternoon, we visited Post Office Bay and checked the correspondences to see if we could deliver any cards. Our final activity of the day was offered, and guests could kayak or paddleboard along the shore. A relaxing end to a great day.

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Fabian Bucheli

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Fabian Bucheli studied at the German School in Quito, graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of science in administration, and earned a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He has studied in Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria and is fluent in German, French, English, and Spanish. He has always been in love with nature and conservation. Explaining abstract concepts became second nature as a teaching assistant in biodiversity and evolution (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) while working towards a PhD in environmental risk management.

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Liza Diaz Lalova

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Liza fell in love with the ocean as a child growing up on the Ecuadorian coast. Her passion for storytelling and photography began at the age of seven, when she began filming her friends as they recreated stories from her parents' library. Liza later combined her audiovisual passion with her love for nature by majoring in Environmental Communication and Digital Animation. In 2010, she began making documentary films, animations, and photographs aimed at inspiring communities to care for their natural habitats. Liza now lives in Galapagos, where she first came as a student in 2013, and has continued on as a volunteer for various conservation, education and arts organizations. She is now a professional conservationist and artist dedicated to inspiring and educating in small communities around Ecuador using creative audiovisual communications.

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