Santa Cruz Island

Nov 22, 2017 - National Geographic Islander


Today we anchored in Academy Bay at the south end of Santa Cruz Island. This is the second largest island after Isabela, in the west. We stayed most of the day on this island and had a chance to observe Galapagos giant tortoises in captivity at the breeding center, as well as in the wild in the highlands of Santa Cruz. We also had the option of walking through a lava tunnel and going to a local farm where we learned a lot about the process of making coffee, sugar cane, alcohol, and chocolate.

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Gilda Gonzalez

Naturalist

Gilda was born in Ambato, located in the very heart of the Ecuadorian Andes. Since she was a child, she loved animals, often rescuing street cats and dogs. Her parents always made sure there were nature books and plenty of Jacques Cousteau’s videos at home. She graduated from high school with a degree in chemistry and biology. Afterwards, Gilda obtained a B.A. in tourism and hotel management in Quito. She also studied English, French and German, later spending two months in Brussels, Belgium.

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