Jul 14, 2017 - National Geographic Islander
Our guests enjoyed a different experience while visiting the most inhabited island of the Galapagos Archipelago: Santa Cruz Island, home and base for the famous Charles Darwin Research Station and the main offices of the Galapagos National Park Service. Today Puerto Ayora town showed every visitor that nature and control tourism is possible nowadays. Lots of efforts are going on in order to preserve these unique islands, and this is only through the hard work of teachers, students, scientists, local authorities, fishermen and all the people that makes Galapagos. Today we visited the giant tortoise breeding center, walked through town, visited the fishermen’s market; went to a local school, visited a local farm, had lunch outside of the ship and walked through the giant tortoise natural reserve. Even back on board, a local group of musicians brought many of our guests to their feet and ended a day that was far beyond expectations! Conservation is the key, and this Archipelago will last for many generations to come.