Floreana Island

Jul 31, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

This morning dawned grey and misty, but that is to be expected in the garua (mist) season. The weather is cool, but pleasant for hiking. This morning, we woke just after sunrise and disembarked on a greenish beach where we saw the tiny olivine crystals that color the sand. There were blue footed boobies behind the beach and to our delight, a great number of bright pink flamingos strutting around in a brackish water lagoon. After breakfast, almost everyone went snorkeling. The conditions were fabulous at Champion Islet; the water was chilly, but we had great visibility! We swam and played with curious and friendly sea lion pups and found dozens of huge schools of colorful fish and varieties. In the afternoon, there were several activities to choose from. We went to the famed hand delivery mail barrel at Post Office Bay, and afterward explored among some rocky islets by either kayak, paddleboard, or Zodiac. There were many species of birds, marine mammals, crabs (Sally lightfoots of course) and reptiles – such incredible biodiversity!


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Lynn Fowler

Expedition Leader

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, and one of seven children, Lynn grew up in various university towns where her father was a professor of physics. Lynn obtained her B.A. in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, followed by a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Florida, which encompassed a study of marine turtles in Costa Rica. She arrived in Galápagos in 1978 and became one of the first female naturalist guides working for the Galápagos National Park.

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José Guerrero

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

José Guerrero Vela is an Ecuadorian permanent resident of the Galapagos. His mother was born in the islands and his grandfather was one of the first generation of teachers in the Galapagos, which has always inspired him to promote education as the main path to protect the archipelago.

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Jashua Vela

Jashua Vela

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