On August 4 I visited the last of the nine islands and islets that I went to in the Galapagos Archipelago when our yacht, the Xavier III, took us to Española, also known as Hood Island. Almost all of the Galapagos Islands have two or even more names.
Española is about 3.5 million years old and is the oldest of the Galapagos Islands. By no coincidence it is also the furthest south. Volcanos created each of these islands, which lie at the very northern edge of the Nazca Plate. This tectonic plate is moving while the hotspot that produces the volcano remains stationary.
Since this is the oldest of the the Galapagos Islands, I had expected to find the lava there well covered by soil. Hardly the case, the loop trail that took was the roughest of all of the islands. It was certainly worth the effort for all the wild beauty we saw.
But when we arrived at the trailhead after landing on the beach we had to wait. Sea Lions and Marine Iguanas had arrived there first and weren’t about to move just to get out of the way of humans.
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The Marine Iguanas seem to be rather sociable.