Galapagos Adventure 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

Española Island
National Geographic Islander

Gardner Bay is an excellent place for water activities as well as bird watching, we enjoyed the time spent at the beach and snorkeling in the crystalline waters in the area. This is a mayor nesting site for the green sea turtle and resting site for sea lions.

Arriving to the beach to receive hands on instructions with the snorkel equipment, many went for a swim, others preferred to explore the land and found many sea lions and mockingbirds on the beach.

The cliffs of Punta Suarez are quite impressive to the eye of the photographer and explorer; they have a very dramatic appearance, heavily eroded by the wind and waves and covered by very colorful vegetation.

We enjoyed hiking at Punta Suarez, seeing different species of seabirds and reptiles, as they got closer to the cliffs we had a great opportunity for photography, bird watching and sightseeing.

Waved albatross gliding over the cliffs, as we photographed them, this is the last month these birds spent in the Galapagos prior to their migration for pre-nuptial feeding off the coasts of Peru and Chile.

We had the great opportunity to visit an incredible island; it has one of the highest degrees of endemism in the archipelago. This is the only place where you can see the waved albatrosses, mockingbirds, lava lizards to name a few of the species that are unique to this island.

One of our guides

Socrates Tomala·Naturalist

Socrates was born and raised in Galápagos. Since a very young age he has been involved in conservation serving as a volunteer for the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Growing up in the islands was quite an adventure for Socrates since he was able to see many islands that are restricted to most people and get close and personal with Galápagos wildlife.