Isabela Island

Mar 05, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today we woke up to the beautiful view of Alcedo Volcano on Isabela Island, where we spent our morning. Our first visit to Isabela Island was a very special moment for many of our guests on the National Geographic Endeavour II, as we had our first close encounters with giant tortoises. Alcedo Volcano is home to the Alcedo giant tortoises and land iguanas, and we got to share our trails with them along the morning hike.

After a delicious and colorful Ecuadorian lunch, we moved locations and dropped anchor at Tagus Cove; a protected cove where many sailors including Capt. Fitz Roy and Charles Darwin visited during their stay in the Galapagos Islands in 1835. Our afternoon at Tagus Cove was full of activities, including kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, Zodiac rides and a beautiful and invigorating hike to the rim of Tagus Cove. Another magical day on the Western Realm!

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Gianna Haro


Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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