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Espanola or Genovesa in December?

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Espanola or Genovesa in December?
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We are looking to book a cruise in the first two weeks of December and are torn between two itineraries. Both include Isabela and Fernandina, but one includes Espanola and the other includes Genovesa. Which island would be better to see in December? We are most interested in wildlife. I've read that Genovesa is the bird island, but then I also read that Espanola has the albatross and a large colony of blue footed boobies. Any opinions on which island we would get the most bang for a buck from? Thanks.

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Dear Teresa - they are both nice places to visit, and either way, you won't be disappointed.

Just a heads up - there will be no albatross on Española in December. They arrive later in March and into April, to leave again after the chicks have fledged, by October, maybe November.

Warmest regards,

Heather Blenkiron

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Española has the biggest bird diversity of the archipelago, if you want to see a few different birds then you should go to Española, there you will see Mockingbirds, Nasca boobies, blue footed boobies, frigate birds, ground finches, lava gull and the amazing Galapagos hawk (only present on this island). Also the landscape there is fascinating.

Genovesa has red footed boobies, Blue footed boobies, lava gulls and frigate birds.

Saludos cordiales,

Dennis Yépez

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Edited: 28 June 2022, 13:38
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There`s also the short-eared owl on Genovesa - which can be easy to spot with the help of a good naturalist guide. We saw a couple there a few weeks ago.

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We were in Espanola Jan. 2 and there were a lot of albatrosses! This was definitely a highlight of our 11 days in the Galapagos. Have not been to Genovesa to compare.

These were my diary notes from our outing:

Early walk to Punta Suárez at Espanola, known as a premiere site, and it was! Seals on beach (one born that morning!) After a rocky ascent, you see beautiful cliffs; oodles of waved albatrosses; boobies with eggs and infants. Also hawks and of course iguanas.

Young Albatrosses have to launch themselves into the air from the high cliff (we saw one flapping his wings ferociously, thinking thinking thinking), and are away for 5 years!

As we left we saw the newborn seal had made it to the sea. And we also saw a sea Lion doing a jump leap in the water and practically summersaulting onto the land but flopped instead.

Edited: 12 August 2022, 01:50
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