Jul 20, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Genovesa Island, located in the northern portion of the Galapagos, is a caldera whose side broke off long ago, exposing itself the ocean waters we see today. It is from this opening that we had our first wet landing. Activities to follow were hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling.

We visited Darwin Bay and saw an impressive variety of seabirds nesting. Frigates, red-footed boobies, swallow tailed gulls, and more could be easily spotted. The diversity resembled something like a bird factory where all kinds of shapes, colors and sizes are made.

In the afternoon, some of our guests went kayaking again along the caldera walls where thousands of nesting birds are found along the rocks. Later, we visited Prince Phillip's Steps to observe the wildlife of the area. We were fortunate and had a close encounter with the diurnal short-eared owl. Watching this owl’s activities during the day captivated all our guests and It was amazing to be so close to so much wildlife. What a great day of the Galapagos!

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Patricio Maldonado

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Patricio, better known as Pato amongst his friends, was born in the Galápagos Island. His family moved to the islands from the mainland and settled on the island of Santa Cruz over thirty-five years ago. Pato had an enchanted childhood in the islands, where his keen interest in the wildlife of the Galápagos was born initially through catching lizards and observing how they lost their tails. His experiences in the islands have led him to teach visitors about the need to protect this rare and unique environment.

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