Floreana Island

Oct 21, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

This week we are following in Charles Darwin’s footsteps. Today we visited an island he visited in 1835, Charles Island. This island is also known as Floreana Island, after our first president Juan Jose Flores.

We started the day with a pre-breakfast hike where we observed flamingos and blue-footed boobies courting. The rest of the morning was spent in the water, with Zodiac rides, glass-bottom boat outings and snorkeling. In the afternoon, we visited Post Office Bay and went back in time by sending mail like sailors used to do – through a barrel. The day ended with a beautiful kayak and paddleboard sunset session while we observed more flamingoes and sea turtles. Another magical day in paradise!

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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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