Española Island, Galápagos

Oct 21, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

The Galápagos Islands sit on the Nazca tectonic plate whose eastern boundary is slowly subducting underneath the South American plate. Therefore, the oldest islands are located in the east and south of the archipelago; the western islands—closer to the hotspot—remain volcanically active and are the youngest. Española is now the remains of what was once a shield volcano, harboring an amazing array of native species. Like its neighboring islands, San Cristobal and Floreana, Española presents a high rate of endemism compared to the rest of the Galápagos.

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About the Author

Gaby Bohorquez


Gaby was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her first job in the Galapagos was on board a 90-passenger cruise ship as the cruise director’s assistant, and she fell under the spell of the Enchanted Isles. She returned to Guayaquil to study at the Espiritu Santo Technological University to obtain a degree in Tourism Management. Her fascination for the islands was still strong so, after finishing her studies, Gaby took the opportunity to join the Naturalist Guide’s course, jointly organized by the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station. That was back in 1992, and she has been a naturalist since, keeping her deep love and passion for the islands during all these years.

About the Photographer

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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