Isabela and Fernandina Islands

Sep 17, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


We’ve had an exciting morning on our exploration of the northern side Isabela Island. After breakfast, we crossed the Equatorial line and went on a Zodiac ride along the coast of Ecuador volcano. Later, we participated in underwater activities and went snorkeling with green sea turtles, Galapagos flightless cormorants, and Galapagos marine iguanas.

After a navigation of about two hours we arrived at Fernandina Island; this is the youngest island in the archipelago, and home to several thousand marine iguanas. We had great weather and a gorgeous landscape for our afternoon trail on Punta Espinoza. We encountered more wildlife as we saw Galapagos sea lions, lava lizards, hundreds of marine iguanas, and flightless cormorants.

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Gilda Gonzalez

Naturalist

Gilda was born in Ambato, located in the very heart of the Ecuadorian Andes. Since she was a child, she loved animals, often rescuing street cats and dogs. Her parents always made sure there were nature books and plenty of Jacques Cousteau’s videos at home. She graduated from high school with a degree in chemistry and biology. Afterwards, Gilda obtained a B.A. in tourism and hotel management in Quito. She also studied English, French and German, later spending two months in Brussels, Belgium.

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