Puerto Ayora Santa Cruz

Feb 09, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Today we are going to visit Puerto Ayora which is located at the south part of Santa Cruz Island and it seems that no one onboard the National Geographic Islander is ready to return to civilization. But today the expedition team has prepared a different point of view of what it means to be part of the Galapagos community. During our visit to the National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station we learned that not just scientists and politics work for conservation, it’s a team effort, from kids to the older habitants of the island. Each one of the visits on the Galapagos Islands have something special, and Santa Cruz is no exception. Wild Giant tortoises at el Rancho Manzanillo is the highlight of the day. This experience allowed us to have an idea of how Puerto Ayora kids have grown in a healthy and safe place in contact with nature. 

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Ixora Berdonces


Ixora was born in the Galapagos Islands, back when the streets were made of sand and gravel. Void of TV and tablets, her childhood friends and pristine natural surroundings made for an inspiring upbringing. She was always drawn to the ocean and her local environment, with her first adventures taking place underwater, in mangrove estuaries, and perched in treetops. Not surprisingly, she was scuba diving before the age of 12 and led her first diving trips as a Dive Master in the Galapagos Marine Reserve when she was 18. 

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