Wednesday: Punta Espinoza , Fernandina / Tagus Cove , Isabela
This morning, we disembarked at Punta Espinoza, FERNANDINA. Located in the western part of the archipelago, Fernandina is the youngest and most pristine Island found in Galapagos. Hundreds of marine iguanas, the largest colony in Galapagos, bask in the sun along the rugged shoreline. Flightless Cormorants build their nest on the point and Galapagos Hawk fly overhead. Evidence of recent lava flows formed by an active volcano stretch their way around the coast. After lunch, we crossed the Bolivar Canal and visited Tagus Cove, ISABELA. Six volcanoes flowed together and formed Isabela, the largest Island in Galapagos. We explored Tagus Cove in pangas and found Galapagos penguins and other seabirds, got stuck in a cave, and got pulled out by our fellow panga driver. Later, a dry landing and a nature walk, we discover a salt-water lagoon, a scenic overlook, and a spectacular view of lava fields, volcanic formations and the ocean. Noted graffiti dating back to the 1800's written on the rocky cliffs.