Genovesa Island Galapagos
Its name come from Genoa, city where is said that columbus was born, formed by the remaining edge of a large crater that is submerged, Genovesa Island Galapagos is known as “The bird island” and certainly honors its name. Its volcano although no eruptions registered presents in their flanks young lava flowns, a dinghy ride along the walls of the crater reveals the variety of the animals that finds shelter in the ledges and the crevices of the lava. This island offers also a great snorkeling spot.
Area: 14 km2
Altitude: 250 ft
English name: Tower
Visitors sites: Darwin Bay Beach, Prince Philip´s steps.
Wildlife to see: Its palo santo forest is filled with frigate birds and their bustling activity, pairs of swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gulls in the world and red footed boobies, with their contrating red feet and blue bills. Lava gulls, yellow crowned and lava herons, whimbrels and other birds feed near the shorebirds, darwin finches, masked boobies, nesting red-billed tropicbirds. If you are lucky, you will get a chance to see the short.eared owl hunting down the more inexpertienced petrels .