Gardner Bay and Punta Suarez

Mar 25, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Today we woke up anchored in the northeast of Espanola Island. Some of our guests kayaked before breakfast while others opted for a relaxing stretch session at the beach. What a nice way to start the day! Later we snorkeled and walked the white sandy beach called Gardner, where Hood Mockingbirds and Galapagos sea lions were minding their own business unconcerned by our being there.

Navigating west over lunch, we found ourselves at Punta Suarez where we walked on boulders and saw the most colorful lava lizards, red marine iguanas, sea lions, American oystercatchers, Galapagos hawks, doves, finches, Nazca boobies, and a constrictor snake. The walk was an applied one, but well worth doing. Hood Island is special in that it is the oldest of the archipelago and is home to ninety percent of species endemic to Galapagos, meaning no less than nine out of ten species here are unique to this one island!

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Fabian Bucheli


Fabian Bucheli studied at the German School in Quito, graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of science in administration, and earned a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He has studied in Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria and is fluent in German, French, English, and Spanish. He has always been in love with nature and conservation. Explaining abstract concepts became second nature as a teaching assistant in biodiversity and evolution (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) while working towards a PhD in environmental risk management.

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Liza Diaz Lalova

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Liza fell in love with the ocean as a child growing up on the Ecuadorian coast. Her passion for storytelling and photography began at the age of seven, when she began filming her friends as they recreated stories from her parents' library. Liza later combined her audiovisual passion with her love for nature by majoring in Environmental Communication and Digital Animation. She began making documentary films, animations, and photographs aimed at inspiring communities to care for their natural habitats. Liza became enchanted by the Galapagos, where she first came as a student and has continued on as a volunteer for various conservation, education and arts organizations. She is now a professional conservationist and artist dedicated to inspiring and educating in small communities around Ecuador using creative audiovisual communications.

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