Darwin Bay and Prince Philip’s Steps

Sep 28, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


Today is the last day of our expedition, and what a wonderful place to end it. The island of Genovesa, also known as bird island because of the large number of seabirds inhabiting it, is also one of the most pristine islands of the Galapagos Archipelago. No one has ever lived here nor have any animals been introduced, so we found a truly untouched place full of beauty and wildlife.

We started our day with an early kayaking session. Some guests chose to sleep in, but we all joined for a wonderful 8:30 a.m. breakfast in the dining room. At around 10:00 a.m. many of our guests went snorkeling along the cliffs of the caldera. The snorkeling was great with lots of colorful fish and fur sea lions.

After lunch, we visited Prince Philip's Steps, an area located at the top of the island with an altitude of around 150 feet above sea level. Here, we saw many red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, storm petrels and the short-eared owl, which is the top predator of the island. The landscape was impressive, and our vantage point allowed us to get a better view of the caldera, our landing spot, and the other side of the island at the end of the trail.

We’ve had a wonderful experience in the Galapagos and celebrated our journey with cocktails. Cheers!

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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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