May 06, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Today we spent a wonderful day at one of the oldest islands of the archipelago: Española. This is home to an abundance of wildlife. We spent our morning at Gardner Bay, roughly one kilometer in length and among the most pristine beaches in the Galapagos Archipelago. Gardner is home to Galapagos sea lions, who share their habitat with Española mocking birds.

Our guests enjoyed unforgettable snorkeling with playful Galapagos sea lions as well as kayaking and paddleboarding along the coastal area. In the afternoon we visited Punta Suarez. Out hiking, we observed colorful Galapagos marine iguanas, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos doves, Española mocking birds, Nazca boobies and waved albatross! Galapagos is a hotbed for wildlife and a treasure for those visiting!

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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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