Española Island is the oldest of the Galapagos Islands, as it sits on the southeastern end of the archipelago. The islands are of volcanic origin and were formed because of the activity of what geologists call a “hot spot.” As the Nazca Plate slides to the southeast over the volcano, a new island is created. This means that the islands towards the northwest are the youngest, and the ones on the opposite end are the oldest.
National Geographic Endeavour II
After lunch we navigated to Rabida Island, where jumped in the ocean to snorkel with sea lions and many colorful fish. Our journey closed with a relaxing sunset walk along the red sandy beach. We have had an amazing first full day of exploration aboard National Geographic Endeavour II . We cannot wait to continue exploring the islands and keep collecting memories for the rest of our lives. Today we have started exploring the islands, visiting Seymour. Here we hiked inland and spotted many sea birds like swallow tailed gulls, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, and Nazca bobbies. We saw many different behaviors; frigate birds courting and dancing, blue-footed boobies flying and eating from the ocean. Meanwhile, female sea lions were all over the shore resting next to their pups.