Waved albatrosses and boobies on Espanola Island
The Galapagos’ most southerly island, and one of the most pristine, Espanola has the archipelago’s only colony of waved albatross. From Punta Suarez a trail leads you past innumerable blue-footed and masked boobies, sea lions and marine iguanas, before reaching the albatrosses, resting on a cliff-side ‘runway’ plateau. Take a seat and watch the albatrosses come and go while a nearby blowhole shoots sea water high into the air, creating blink-and-you’ll-miss-them rainbows, and cooling resting sea lions. Then walk inland for a close look at the furry chicks of the winged giant, and, if you’re lucky, catch the birds’ elaborate courtship ritual, performed before they settle down for life with the chosen partner.