Breaking the Cycle

With a goal to help and educate the people of the Galapagos, naturalist Ximena Córdova is a woman on a mission.

NEIL MCQUILLIAN

5 min read

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The Galápagos Islands are a mysterious, enigmatic destination, and even today it can be hard to believe they really exist. Flummoxed by the mists generated by the Humboldt Current, early seafarers would tell scary stories of bewitched islands that were there one minute then – poof – gone the next. They called them Las Islas Encantadas.

Ximena Córdova is a naturalist and guide in the Galápagos.

Ximena Córdova is a naturalist and guide in the Galápagos.

Marine iguanas catching afternoon sun on a Galápagos beach.

Snorkelling and high-fives with a playful sea lion in the Galápagos.

Snorkelling and high-fives with a playful sea lion in the Galápagos.

The Emma Darwin Foundation

The Galápagos archipelago is made up of 18 main islands and over a hundred smaller ones approximately 1,000 kilometres from mainland Ecuador.

The Emma Darwin Foundation also focusses on equality and breaking the cycle of domestic violence.

Ximena and her daughter.

Ximena and her daughter.