Isabela Island

Feb 04, 2020 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today we woke up anchored at Urbina Bay, a black sandy beach located on the rim of Alcedo Volcano on Isabela Island. We disembarked and walked along the trail; we had close encounters with yellow land iguanas, Darwin’s finches and giant Alcedo tortoises! After the hike, some guests returned to the ship by Zodiac ride and others had a refreshing swim at shore of Urbina Bay. Then we had a talk about Lucy with Dr. Donald Johansen. Later we had a delicious and traditional Ecuadorian buffet lunch, where we learned the proper way to eat ceviche and sampled cuisine from different regions of mainland Ecuador.

Then, National Geographic Endeavour II moved to Tagus Cove, another location due north on Isabela Island. In this beautiful and protected cove, guests had the opportunity to paddleboard, kayak and snorkel surrounded by marine life including curious Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, sea lions, Pacific green turtles and sharks. Then, we had the option of doing a hike to explore Darwin’s Lake or doing a Zodiac ride along the cove with a beautiful sunset. Another gorgeous day in this natural paradise.

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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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