Galapago Island Genovesa

Galapago Island Genovesa is Known as the Bird Island. The Island has two visitor sites and it's a Paradise for Birdwatchers.


Tower Island

galapago island genovesa

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.

Some of the birds you will see are: frigatebirds, masked boobies owls, swallow-tail gulls, red-footed boobies, Lava Herons and the exceptional Lava Gulls.

The sea animals are also present on this Galapago Island such as the Galapagos Sea Lions and Fur Seals You will also have the opportunity to see the smallest marine iguana in the Galapagos Islands.

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.

Genovesa Island Attractions

Prince Phillips Steps (El Barranco)

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.

Darwin Bay

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:

Great Frigatebirds Masked boobies, mockingbirds and much more. This is the favorite spot for those who love Galapagos Birding

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.

Recommended Reading

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Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading!

There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.


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Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers.

Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!


Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in.

Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!


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If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier.

But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you.

Small, well-priced, and reliable!


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