Bartolome and Rabida Islands

Dec 11, 2017 - National Geographic Islander

Early in the morning we climbed to the summit of Bartolome Island. This is a spectacular site to learn about the geology of the archipelago. The great light of the day enhanced the contrast of colors and it looked like we were on Mars!
Our guests enjoyed snorkeling at the golden, sandy beach. Then a great blue heron got our attention, until a young Galapagos sea lion arrived at the beach and stole the show! In the afternoon we visited Rabida Island, the red island, which has a lot to offer. From deep water snorkeling to kayaking along the coastal area, and an easy stroll along the red sandy beach. The tameness of the animals amazed our guests and great photos were taken here. Galapagos is magic!

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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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