Floreana Island

Apr 10, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Due to its location in the Archipelago, Floreana was good for the whaling industry. It was also used as a base camp for these navigators of the 18th century. Also, the Ecuadorian government decided to colonize this island thanks to permanent fresh water supply and good cultivable soil.

In the morning we had an outing before breakfast, just so that we could use the time more efficiently and get the best light of the day for photography; we landed on Punta Cormorant. Here we started on a green-olivine beach where there is a small colony of sea lions and some blue footed boobies. Behind this beach there is a lagoon, where we found flamingos for the first time in the trip. These birds are a recent arrival to the Galapagos, making them residents of the Archipelago. At the end of the trail that we followed we visited an active nesting sea turtle site.

Later we navigated to Champion Islet. Here is where the last population of Floreana mockingbirds are still alive as due to heavy predation by introduced animals. We visited this place first with our Zodiacs, so that we could take photos of unique bird as well as other birds and also the beloved sea lions. Same place offers great snorkel for the abundance of fish and the playful sea lions among other creatures.

At the end of the day we navigated once more to Post office bay. Even Charles Darwin landed here in 1835 during his worldwide voyage. Our guests kept the old tradition alive, which is to deliver the postcards left here by other tourists; a personal service that started hundreds of years ago! We got to use our kayaks and paddle boards to explore the area in a different way.

Another day comes to an end just to celebrate it with open sky deck wine tasting.

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About the Author

Patricio Maldonado

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Patricio, better known as Pato amongst his friends, was born in the Galápagos Island. His family moved to the islands from the mainland and settled on the island of Santa Cruz over thirty-five years ago. Pato had an enchanted childhood in the islands, where his keen interest in the wildlife of the Galápagos was born initially through catching lizards and observing how they lost their tails. His experiences in the islands have led him to teach visitors about the need to protect this rare and unique environment.

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