Isabela Island

Dec 12, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Today we woke up to a beautiful sunny day in the west of the Galapagos, on Isabela Island. National Geographic Islander anchored right off the coast of Alcedo Volcano, one of the six volcanoes that formed the seahorse-shaped Island of Isabela. This volcano is home to giant tortoises, which migrate down to lay their eggs. One of the places they go to is called Urbina bay, which we visited today.

As we hiked the trail of Urbina Bay at the bottom of Alcedo Volcano, we had very close encounters with two female giant tortoises and many young ones, as well as land iguanas and birds. It was a very special hike as we got to see one of the most iconic species in the Galapagos Islands - giant tortoises in their natural habitat.

In the afternoon, we moved location and anchored in a historical place for sailors and buccaneers, called Tagus Cove. We spent the rest of the day snorkeling, kayaking, and Zodiac riding. Once again, the Galapagos has shown the fearlessness and innocence of the Galapagos Islands wildlife.

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Gianna Haro


Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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