Isabela Island

Feb 19, 2020 - National Geographic Islander


Today we explored Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. We had close encounters with large marine iguanas, the world-famous giant tortoise, land iguanas, sea lions, and turtles. We also had one more chance to be among Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorant and large volcanos.

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Celso Montalvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Celso was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At the age of nine he arrived in the Galápagos for the first time and he was profoundly touched by nature, observation, and isolation.  When he saw the sharks, rays and turtles swimming in the bay, he was triggered by a sense of wonder that he did not feel before.  Celso believes education is key to preservation. After graduating from the Naval Academy at the age of 17 he moved to New York to continue his education.

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Cindy Manning

Expedition Leader

Cindy was raised in a family that was fortunate enough to live in many different countries across the globe. During her formative years, she counted Latin America and Europe as home, with periods in-between living in Illinois and Indiana, where she attended Earlham College.

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