Galapago Island Genovesa is Known as the Bird Island. The Island has two visitor sites and it's a Paradise for Birdwatchers.
Genovesa Island (Tower in English) is considered by visitors to be one of the most impressive Islands in Galapagos.
Genovesa is a small Island of just 14 sq km and it is located Northeast of the Galapagos Archipelago.
The Island has a single volcano, which emerges only 200 feet (76 mts) above sea level.
A small lake crater is located right in the center of the Island. There are no registered eruptions on this island, but anyway the volcano is considered active.
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Many lava flows on Genovesa Island suggest that this Island is quite young with less than a couple of thousand years old. One of the main Galapagos Attractions in this Island are the enormous diversity of birds (thousands) that live here, birdwatchers will be delighted.
Snorkeling and scuba diving are highly recommended, you will be surrounded by playful sea lions and captivating Hammerhead Sharks
This Galapago Island has the shape of a horse shoe. Thousands of years ago it was an immense volcano and someday one its walls collapsed, forming the beautiful Darwin Bay, surrounded by cliffs where some birds nest.
The adventure here begins with a picturesque panga ride (small boat) along the rocky cliff ledges.
You will then have to climb through a trail of steep rocky steps up to cliffs of 25 mts high.
But don't worry, climbing up the stairs is quite easy and there's also a handrail that will help you keep in balance.
This site was named honoring Prince Philip who visited the Island in the 1960's. Along the path you will see a lot of sea bird colonies.
When you reach the top of the trail the expedition continues inland, passing through a Palo Santo forest at the end of which you will see a lava field to the West.
The lava field is full of birds such as the: Storm Petrels and Short-eared Owls.
This Galapago Island is also home to a variety of Darwins Finches including the Warbler finch, Sharp-Beaked ground finch, Large cactus finch and the Large Ground Finch.
Mockingbirds, Audubon's Shearwaters, Noddy Terns, Red-Billed Tropicbirds and doves are frequently seen as well.
This bay is located South of this Galapago Island and was formed a by breached caldera.
The bay was created when the Island's large crater collapsed below sea level.
To reach this site you will have to make a wet landing on a white coral beach. You will find hundreds of birds in the shore like:
Follow the coastal trail to pass through a Mangrove forest which is the nesting area of red footed boobies and Great Frigatebirds. The Red Footed Boobies can be seen nesting in trees between September and July.
Keep trekking up to the edge of the cliff, along the way you will see a wide variety of Galapagos finches, Galapagos doves and Swallow-Tailed Gulls.
When you reach the end of the cliff you will admire an incredible view of this Galapago Island and the abundant bird-life that inhabits here. There are large and varied colonies of Galapagos Sea Birds in Genovesa Island.
Frigatebirds are abundant and it's the best place to see storm petrels, finches, red-footed boobies, masked boobies, tropical birds, mockingbirds and swallow-tailed gulls which by the way are the only night gulls in the world.
Now you know why this Galapago Island is better known as the Bird Island.
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