Darwin’s Bay and Prince Philip’s Steps

Jan 04, 2020 - National Geographic Islander


This 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 huge number of seabirds inhabiting it, is one of the most pristine islands in the Galapagos Archipelago. Uninhabited by man, and having no introduction of animals, this place is truly untouched and filled with beauty and wildlife.

Taking full advantage of the day, some of our early risers began with a pre-breakfast kayaking session. At 8:30 a.m. a wonderful breakfast was served in the dining room, and at around 10:00 a.m. many of our guests went snorkeling near the cliffs of the formed caldera. Guests spotted colorful fish, as well “fur” sea lions in the area.

After lunch we visited Principe Philip’s Steps, located at the top of the island and having an altitude of around 150 feet above sea level. Along our trail we saw red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, storm petrels and the island’s top predator, the short-eared owl. Upon reaching the island’s peak there is an impressive view, with our landing spot along the caldera on one side, and the end of the island, along the final point of our trail on the other.

We’ve had a wonderful voyage and celebrated our journey in the Galapagos with a beautiful sunset and incredible memories.

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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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