Punta Cormorant, Post Office Bay

Nov 05, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

We navigated west during the night to anchor off Floreana Island at dawn. This is our last day to explore this magical archipelago, so we began early with a pre-breakfast walk. Our visit to Punta Cormorant was fantastic; dancing blue-footed boobies, brilliant pink flamingos and sea turtles in the shallows offshore were some of our highlights. After a well-deserved breakfast we took Zodiac rides and then snorkeled off Champion Islet. Despite cold water, we greatly enjoyed the number of colorful fish and invertebrates. Several sea lions played “chicken” with us!

We visited the Post Office barrel in the afternoon and several of us found cards to be hand delivered back home! From the beach we divided into groups going kayaking or paddleboarding and on Zodiac cruises around a series of islets and bays just offshore. This was a delightful excursion for everyone and we found a lot of wildlife!

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Lynn Fowler

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Born in Baltimore, Maryland, and one of seven children, Lynn grew up in various university towns where her father was a professor of physics. Lynn obtained her B.A. in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, followed by a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Florida, which encompassed a study of marine turtles in Costa Rica. She arrived in Galápagos in 1978 and became one of the first female naturalist guides working for the Galápagos National Park.

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Vanessa Gallo


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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