Floreana Island

Oct 07, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


We woke up at Punta Cormorant and enjoyed an early outing here. We observed the unique vegetation of the island along the trail. Close to the shore there were blue-footed boobies courting and further inland by the brackish water lagoon we got to see flamingos. After a well-deserved breakfast, there were options for Zodiac rides around Champion Islet as well as deep water snorkeling with Galapagos sea lions and colorful fish. Glass bottom boat outings were a delight for our guests; a great opportunity to observe the underwater world of the Galapagos without getting wet!

The afternoon was spent at Post Office Bay, a historical site once used by whalers to send letters. Today it’s used by tourists to send postcards via the tradition of hand delivery. Kayaking and paddleboard options in the calm waters of the Baroness Bay were the perfect end of a fantastic day in paradise.

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Vanessa Gallo

Naturalist

Vanessa Gallo’s grandparents arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1936, making her the third generation of her family to live and work in this magical archipelago. She left the islands for the capital city of Quito for high school, where she discovered that learning foreign languages was one of her main interests. Coming from a family of naturalist guides, it was not a surprise that she also became one at the age of 17. Vanessa left the islands once again for Switzerland, where she earned a diploma in tourism and strengthened her language skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She has also travelled extensively to destinations including as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, the Canary Islands, Mauritius, and many European countries.

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