Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Elizabeth Bay (Isabela)

Landing: Panga sailing only.
Video from Elizabeth Bay

Elizabeth Bay is a site visit where it is not allowed to land, here is exclusively panga rides observing wildlife.
From the panga (picture) we saw Brown Pelicans, Blue Footed Boobies (picture) and Galapagos Penguins, as well as Flightless Cormorants, Sea Turtles (picture) and Sea Lions.

Elizabeth Bay is located in the most narrowest site of Isabela Island, the Isthmus of Perry on the inside where there is a leak that has formed a small bay within the bay, very calm and protected waters and surrounded by mangle, which makes it an appropriate place for sea turtles (picture).
In this place, food and shelter as many marine species including rays, sharks, sea turtles, penguins, pelicans, boobies, sea lions and fish in general.

Isabela Island
 Located on the east coast of Isabela, the largest island of the archipelago, with 4588 km2 and a height of 1710 m in the Volcano Wolf, on elements which also crosses the imaginary line of Ecuador. This island has six volcanoes, each volcano is active and a subspecies of tortoises.

 Elizabeth Bay is formed by the union of the volcanoes Sierra Negra and Alcedo Volcano, the second largest and most active volcano in the world. Located on the east coast of Isabela Island in the Galapagos Archipelago, has a very high and colorful mangrove, which contrasts with the lava. In Elizabeth Bay can observe sea lions, turtles, and around the islets of the bay, are flightless cormorants, penguins, marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, masked boobies and gulls.

The island Isabela was named in honour of Queen Isabela of Spain who sponsored the voyage of Columbus. With an area of 4,640 square kilometres (1,792 square miles), it is the largest island of the Galápagos and occupies about 60% of all the land area of Galápagos. Its highest point is Wolf Volcano with an altitude of 1,707 metres (5,600 feet) the highest peak on all of Galápagos. The Equator passes directly through the island.

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