Santa Cruz Island

Dec 20, 2017 - National Geographic Islander


Today we visited my home island: Santa Cruz. Nowadays this island is the most populated of the Galapagos Archipelago. We were using all the facilities provided in order to learn about the conservation efforts implemented throughout the last fifty years. The morning was spent visiting the famous Giant Tortoise Breeding Center and afterwards visiting the town, including the fishermen’s market. Today is particularly different as we moved with buses from one site to the next. One of the adventures of the day is crossing a big lava tunnel, partly rocky and sometimes wet, it is the best Geology class to understand the formations of this unique islands. The afternoon is dedicated to observe the giant tortoises in the wild, an unforgettable experience. The emblematic animals of the islands are gentle giants and its closeness and peaceful look take us back in time to the era of the dinosaurs! 

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Vanessa Gallo

Naturalist

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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