Isabela Island

Oct 17, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


It was our second day in the western part of the archipelago and we enjoyed great weather conditions. In the morning, we visited Urbina Bay, located at the base of the Alcedo Volcano; it is an amazing visitor site as this area was uplifted in 1954! We enjoyed observing the Galapágos land iguanas, the beautiful flowers, Darwin finches, and even one Alcedo giant tortoise. In the afternoon, the National Geographic Endeavour II was repositioned towards Tagus Cove, a historical site used by whalers; the HMS Beagle anchored here too. Our guests were delighted with several options: kayaking, paddleboards, snorkeling, a Zodiac ride along the coastal area, and an invigorating walk where the landscape is breathtaking! Great place, wonderful weather, and unique wildlife. What an awesome day!

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Vanessa Gallo


Vanessa Gallo’s grandparents arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1936, making her the third generation of her family to live and work in this magical archipelago. She left the islands for the capital city of Quito for high school, where she discovered that learning foreign languages was one of her main interests. Coming from a family of naturalist guides, it was not a surprise that she also became one at the age of 17. Vanessa left the islands once again for Switzerland, where she earned a diploma in tourism and strengthened her language skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She has also travelled extensively to destinations including as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, the Canary Islands, Mauritius, and many European countries.

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