The Galápagos archipelago is divided into several geological regions. The eastern islands are the oldest as they moved further away from the hotspot approximately four million years ago. Creatures established here have evolved into new forms, resulting in a high endemism rate on Española. We anchored at Gardner Bay in the morning, and while we navigated westbound towards our new visitor site, Punta Suárez, we were greeted by a huge pod of bottle-nosed dolphins. What an amazing way to start our expedition in the Enchanted Isles!
National Geographic Endeavour II
We continued our journey along Isabela’s coastline. On our fourth day, we visited two unique sites located at the slopes of some active volcanoes. After dinner, National Geographic Endeavour II anchored in Urbina Bay. In the morning, we went for a short walk along the uplifted coastline of the Alcedo Volcano. It didn’t take long until we were greeted by the iconic Galapagos giant tortoise. These dome-shelled tortoises are only found around this volcano. We also spotted beautiful land iguanas for the second time. After an hour and a half of navigation this afternoon, we anchored at the famous Tagus Cove, a popular landing spot in the past for sailors and navy ships from many countries. As we looked outside the ship, we noticed tall tuff walls from two majestic cones, the same ones that Charles Darwin explored during his visits onboard HMS Beagle. Finally, we concluded a very full and active day with water activities: kayaking, snorkeling, and a strenuous hike over the tuff cones along Darwin’s Lake.