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Also known as the Island of Birds, and lives up to its name because here we can observe a great variety of birds that stand out for their colorful feathers and shapes, among the species that we can find are the lava gulls, yellow crowned and lava herons, curlews and other birds that feed near the shorebirds, Darwin’s finches, masked boobies, red-billed tropicbirds that nest on this island.
The youngest area from the geological point of view of the island is located in this area. The cliffs located in the south are formed by very fragile lava. The natural erosion that has occurred in these lava flows has made them an ideal nesting site for storm swallows.
Its name comes from Genoa, the city where Christopher Columbus is said to have been born, formed by the remaining edge of a large crater that is submerged, Genovesa Galapagos Island is known as “The Island of Birds” and certainly lives up to its name. Its volcano, although there are no recorded eruptions present, has young lava flows on its flanks, and a boat ride along the crater walls reveals the variety of animals that find refuge in the ledges and crevices of the lava. This island also offers great diving.
Genovesa Island occupies about 14 km2 and its maximum elevation is 64 meters and is located in the northeastern part of the Galapagos archipelago.
The horseshoe-shaped island has a 600-meter volcanic caldera whose wall has collapsed and has a depth of 60 meters, forming the beautiful and large Darwin Bay which is surrounded by cliffs. Within the center of the crater is located the Arcturus Lagoon, which is full of salt water and the sediments in its crater are less than 6000 years old. Relax on its beautiful white sand beach and ascend to its viewpoint.
Although there are no known historical eruptions of Genovesa, there are relatively young lava flows on the flanks of the volcano.
This outlying island is located in the northeastern part of the archipelago.
It also has a white sand beach located south of Genovesa Island, bordering the caldera of the inactive volcano that submerged thousands of years ago.
Around this paradisiacal beach frigate birds, red-footed boobies and seagulls fly, stopping to rest on the rock cliffs. In the sea you will find rays, sea lions, sharks swimming close to the island.
Behind the bay in the center of the island, the Arcturus lagoon is full of salt water and the sediments in its crater are less than 6000 years old.
At this site, during high tide, most of the trail is covered with water. Do not get your shoes wet, so that you can make the entire trail without any discomfort and problems.
Once you cross the frigate bird nesting area, the trail continues over a lava platform and up the cliff.
Do not step on the vegetation or enter the salt bush (Cryptocarpus pyriformis); swallow-tailed gulls (Creagrus furcatus) nest under these thickets and on the beach, where it is quite possible to step on the birds or their eggs.
The birds at this site are generally very tame and do not seem to be bothered much by the proximity of visitors. However, as a general rule, they should not be approached closer than 2 meters.
Genovesa has remained undisturbed by man due to its geographic isolation and lack of fresh water.
Be sure not to carry organisms on your clothes or shoes when you land on land, nor any kind of food, neither here nor on any other island.
Prince Philip’s Ladder is located at the southern tip of Genovesa Island in Bird Paradise. It is formed by the remaining edges of a large crater that has a distance of 1.5 kilometers and the approximate visiting time is about 2 hours, the tip is currently submerged almost entirely, where you can access through a gap that exists from the foot of the volcano.

El sendero atraviesa manglares llenos de aves terrestres como: pájaros fragata y su bulliciosa actividad, parejas de gaviotas de cola bifurcada, las únicas gaviotas nocturnas en el mundo y piqueros de patas rojas, con los pies rojos de contratación y las facturas azules, gaviotas de lava, amarillo garzas coronadas y lava, zarapitos y otras aves se alimentan cerca de las aves playeras, pinzones de Darwin, piqueros enmascarados, tropicales de pico rojo que anidan en esta isla, tambien se puede observar dos especies de golondrinas de mar que anidan en las cavidades y huecos de la lava. Uno es el petrel de madera que se alimenta durante la noche  y el otro es el petrel de Galápagos que tiene su actividad durante el día,  este último es endémico, se estima que su población es de más de  200.000 parejas.   Uno de sus principales depredadores es la lechuza de campo. El piquero de patas rojas anida solamente  en las Islas periféricas  del Archipiélago,  Punta Pitt,  Gardner (Floreana),  Wolf,  Darwin y Genovesa.  También está presente en esta isla el piquero enmascarado.

Al final del camino, se encuentran hermosos paisajes que pueden ser disfrutados desde lo alto de un acantilado, además se puede disfrutar de la vista de las piscinas que se llenan con la marea, en donde leones marinos nadan y juegan.

Durante los paseos en panga en los acantilados puede observar lobos peleteros y varias especies de aves marinas.

Los niveles de salinidad son muy altos, por lo que las plantas del lugar están adaptadas y pueden soportar estas condiciones hipersalinas. Las más representativas son el Monte Salado, el Mangle Rojo y la Gloria de la Mañana, así como también es abundante la presencia de bosques de palo santo y algunos tipos de cactus. 

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