Genovesa Island

Jan 31, 2020 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we woke up in the Northern Hemisphere, inside a crater in the Galapagos Islands. This place is called Genovesa Island. Genovesa is a bird magnet island and it is also one of the most pristine places in the world. Humans have never lived here and no animals have ever been introduced, only native and endemic flora and fauna are found here.

Today we spent all day on Genovesa. In the morning we hiked at Darwin Bay, a beautiful white sanded beach surrounded by black lava rocks and mangroves. This bay is home to red footed and Nazca boobies, frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, herons and finches among other species of birds. The morning adventure continued in the ocean, snorkeling at Genovesa Crater looking for sharks and rays.

After a delicious Galapagos lunch, we continued our adventure kayaking, paddle boarding, and hiking some more. Our week in the Galapagos ended with a magical sunset, reminding us of how special the Galapagos Islands are and filling us with wonderful memories!

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Gianna Haro

Naturalist

Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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Juan De Dios Morales

Juan De Dios Morales

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