Daily Expedition Reports
Isabela Island

Christian Saa, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor, August 2019

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 20 Aug 2019

Isabela Island

  • Aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II
  • Galápagos

Today was our last day in the western realm of the Galápagos Archipelago, and we spent all day in the biggest island, Isabela Island, which conforms 58% of the total land mass of the Galápagos. Five volcanoes that joined at their bases formed Isabela Island; one of these volcanoes is called Alcedo. We spent our morning hiking at the base of Alcedo volcano, observing land iguanas coming out of their burrows and Alcedo giant tortoises walking on our trails.

After a delicious Ecuadorian lunch, our captain repositioned the National Geographic Endeavour II to Tagus Cove. Sailors have commonly visited this cove for years, seeking shelter and food. Today, is a must-see visitors site, which we explored by water with our kayaks, paddleboards and an exciting snorkeling outing. Our last day in this magical western realm ended with a sunset Zodiac ride while we watched manta rays jumping and Galapagos penguin nesting. Another magical day in paradise!

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