While navigating along the northeast corner of the archipelago, we have reached the final full day of our expedition in the Galápagos Islands. Early in the morning, we woke up inside the majestic caldera of Genovesa, which is considered the “Island of the Birds.”
After six hours of navigation, we enjoyed breakfast with dramatic views of impressive volcanic landscape, including the clefts of an old, massive, collapsed caldera that is home to many different species of marine birds. We dropped anchor with outings planned for both sides of the island. The ship was divided into two groups. Half of us visited Darwin Bay and the other half went to Prince Philip’s Steps. Both outings were fantastic, and we enjoyed observing red-footed boobies everywhere. This island is home to some 200,000 red-footed boobies, the largest population in the world.
Our morning ended with water activities. We had the opportunity to take magical pictures of different wildlife species along the rocks during a fantastic kayak. Guests were surrounded by plenty of colorful fish, Galapagos sea lions, and fur seals while snorkeling. It was a phenomenal experience!
In the afternoon, the groups switched, and excursions took place again at Prince Philip’s Steps and Darwin Bay. Then we walked through incense trees and a yellow cordia forest, which led us to a lava field. We spotted Galapagos mockingbirds, many frigatebirds, and the endemic Nazca boobies with their chicks.
We ended our walk as the sun was setting and returned to the ship with great memories. It was a fantastic adventure! Every day in the Galapagos is an opportunity to reconnect with the beauty of nature through unbelievable encounters. Today was no exception while visiting the northeastern region of the Galapagos. What a perfect way to end this fantastic journey!