Isabela Island

Feb 06, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

This was our final day in the western part of the archipelago, and we spent it well, dedicating our entire day at Isabela Island. In the morning we visited Urbina Bay, where we managed to spot more than 30 Alcedo giant tortoises! It was unbelievable. Several colorful Galapagos land iguanas were seen too. In the afternoon National Geographic Islander redirected to Tagus Cove, a historical site, where our guests spent the day snorkeling beside sea turtles and penguins and riding Zodiacs and paddleboards along the coast. What remarkable fortune it has been to experience the Galapagos this way.

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About the Author

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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Taylor Butz

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Taylor was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up on Vashon Island in Puget Sound. It was on this island he picked up his first video camera and began producing, directing and editing backyard blockbusters. Alien invasions, ninja assassins and haunted forests were all rich plotlines for these early films. Growing up on remote Vashon Island gave him a fascination and connection with nature that would prove vital in his development as a filmmaker.

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