A magical sunset at Kicker Rock while navigating to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Dec 30, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

We woke up anchored on the northern side of our oldest island in front of the white sandy Gardner Beach. After breakfast, some of our guests visited while others went snorkeling near a little island of the same name. The beach houses a large colony of Galapagos sea lions and Española mockingbirds that run about catching flies that are attracted to the sea lion scat. Española Island has the highest rate of endemism of the Galapagos due to its age and geographic isolation.

Punta Suarez was our next stop. It lies on the western side of Hood Island, and after a dry landing we walked on boulders to observe a unique landscape along with Darwin’s finches, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Galapagos doves, Española lava lizards, colorful marine iguanas, Galapagos hawks and waved albatrosses.

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Fabian Bucheli


Fabian Bucheli studied at the German School in Quito, graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of science in administration, and earned a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He has studied in Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria and is fluent in German, French, English, and Spanish. He has always been in love with nature and conservation. Explaining abstract concepts became second nature as a teaching assistant in biodiversity and evolution (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) while working towards a PhD in environmental risk management.

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