Santa Cruz and Daphne Islet

Nov 22, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Santa Cruz is an island that, due to its location within the Galapagos archipelago – as well as its topography – can be divided in two: its southern half is green, lush and humid, whilst the northern one is dry and leafless. Cerro Dragon, our morning stop, lies in the northern arid zone and is home to the remaining population of endemic land iguanas (they have been threatened by introduced species like rats, cats and feral dogs).

This coast is quite colorful with its many inlets and secluded bays where many marine species seek shelter, like the Pacific green sea turtles and juvenile reef sharks. It is also the hunting ground of blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigates and brown pelicans.

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Gaby Bohorquez


Gaby was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her first job in the Galapagos was on board a 90-passenger cruise ship as the cruise director’s assistant, and she fell under the spell of the Enchanted Isles. She returned to Guayaquil to study at the Espiritu Santo Technological University to obtain a degree in Tourism Management. Her fascination for the islands was still strong so, after finishing her studies, Gaby took the opportunity to join the Naturalist Guide’s course, jointly organized by the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station. That was back in 1992, and she has been a naturalist since, keeping her deep love and passion for the islands during all these years.

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