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Galapagos Archipelago, Genovesa Island


Genovesa (Tower): The name is derived from Genoa, Italy where it is said Columbus was born. It has an area of 14 km² and a maximum altitude of 76 meters.

This island is formed by the remaining edge of a large crater that is submerged. Its nickname of “the bird island” is clearly justified.

Galapagos snorkeling

At Darwin Bay, Frigate birds, Swallow-tailed Gulls, which are the only nocturnal of its species in the world can be seen. Red-Footed Boobies, Noddy Terns, Lava Gulls, Tropic Birds, Doves, Storm Petrels and Darwin Finches are also in sight. Tower Island is formed by the remaining edges of a large crater this is now mostly submerged: it is also known as “bird island,” and it certainly lives up to its name. Darwin Bay Beach is filled with frigate birds and their bustling activity.

Galapagos finch

Prince Philip’s Steps (El Barranco) is an extraordinary, steep path that leads through a seabird colony full of life, up to cliffs that are 25m high. At the top the trail continues inland, passing more seabird colonies in a thin palo santo forest. Leaving the forest you can overview a rocky plain. You get a view of masked and red-footed boobies, great frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds and hundreds of storm petrels at the edge of the cliff.

Darwin Bay Beach is a coral beach where a 750m trail takes you through more seabird colonies.

There is also the possibility to take a panga that is often accompanied by sea lions. You get to see the cliffs from the seaward side, which are home to a large red-footed booby colony.

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