Santa Cruz Island

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.

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Vanessa Gallo


Vanessa Gallo’s grandparents arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1936, making her the third generation of her family to live and work in this magical archipelago. She left the islands for the capital city of Quito for high school, where she discovered that learning foreign languages was one of her main interests. Coming from a family of naturalist guides, it was not a surprise that she also became one at the age of 17. Vanessa left the islands once again for Switzerland, where she earned a diploma in tourism and strengthened her language skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She has also travelled extensively to destinations including as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, the Canary Islands, Mauritius, and many European countries.

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