Squarks and smells greet you at Genovesa Island, along with the vibrant red colour. 200,000 red-footed boobies occupy the island’s cliffs and they don’t mind visitors. You can walk next to mating rituals and nests, such a rare bird improbably close.
You won’t see Galapagos hawks and that is this island’s birdwatching secret. Without predators, it’s a safe home for swallow-tailed gulls, herons, frigatebirds, storm petrels and mockingbirds.
Wander the island and admire all their antics, as you also discover lava flows and Darwin Bay Beach. It’s not often you can sunbathe next to hundreds of thousands of rare birds!