Espanola Island

Feb 24, 2020 - National Geographic Islander


We spent our time visiting the island of Espanola, which is home to a number of species found nowhere else in the Galapagos – indeed, nowhere else on earth. Espanola lava lizards, Espanola mockingbirds, Espanola marine iguanas, the Espanola ground finch…then add a bunch more endemic and native creatures to the list! It was an easy morning on a white sand beach, shared with Galapagos sea lions. This was followed by a more challenging afternoon hike around Punta Suarez, a seabird haven. Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, frigates overhead…even the Espanola racer – an endemic snake to the island – was spotted among the rocks. Overall, it’s been a phenomenal day for sights, sounds, and smells.

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Cindy Manning

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Born in Lima, Peru, of North American parents, Cindy and her family subsequently lived in several South American and European countries with a couple stops in Peoria, Illinois. Cindy received a degree in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Afterwards, Cindy spent a year and a half teaching science in the Western Province of Kenya, East Africa. 

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