Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove | Isabela Island

Jul 24, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


After breakfast, we disembarked on a gray sandy beach to walk further into Urbina bay, a visitor site known for being a land iguana natural habitat. As we walked, we encountered many land iguanas eating the fruits of poison apple trees and others resting under the shade among the greenery. Several species of Darwin finches such as the small and medium ground finch were also spotted feeding on seeds left behind from the previous wet season. We also observed a couple of Galapagos mockingbirds, and yellow warblers along our trail. As a bonus, some guests saw a giant tortoise working his way into vegetation!

After an incredible hike, we had plenty of time to swim and relax on the beach where we first landed. While swimming, we saw Pacific green sea turtles, Galapagos penguins, and blue-footed boobies diving for fish. Kids had a fun opportunity to learn how to drive a Zodiac, and after their lessons, many drove Zodiacs all around the Galapagos waters.

After lunch, various activities were offered. Some guests headed back to the water and kayaked along the coast of Tagus Cove, where old sailors’ writings and tags can still be seen today. Several Galapagos penguins, sea lions, flightless cormorants and plenty of sea turtles resting on the surface of the ocean were seen. Other guests chose to go deep water snorkeling to explore the blue heart of the Galapagos. Tagus cove offers a landing site which gives access to a crater lake. Guests who chose this activity went on a beautiful sightseeing excursion and walked around the rim of this small volcano.

We finished our day with a wonderful sunset, and Zodiac ride along the coast of Isabela. It’s been a very memorable day filled with wildlife and adventure.

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Jonathan Aguas

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Jonathan was born into one of only a handful of families that reaches back five generations in Galápagos, in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristobal Island. He first left the islands when he won a highly-coveted scholarship to finish his studies in the U.S.  This was the start of his life-long passion for science and languages. He earned a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology from the University of Florida and later spent time in Europe, where he learned French. He is now fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

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