Santa Cruz Island

Mar 27, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today we woke up on the harbor of Puerto Ayora, the largest settlement of Galapagos. We visited the Captive Breeding Center of The Charles Darwin Research Station at the Galapagos National Park where tortoises are raised in captivity to be released when they can fend for themselves. Here we saw the saddle-shaped tortoises from Hood Island.

After the visit, we took a bus to the highlands to see a farm where coffee and sugarcane are farmed and processed. Later we had lunch before visiting another farm where dome-shaped tortoises were grazing in the fields, as if they were cows. We also walked through a lava tunnel that allowed us to understand the formation of these islands. It was a full day and later we had a show of local artists entertaining us after dinner onboard the ship.

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Fabian Bucheli


Fabian Bucheli studied at the German School in Quito, graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of science in administration, and earned a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He has studied in Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria and is fluent in German, French, English, and Spanish. He has always been in love with nature and conservation. Explaining abstract concepts became second nature as a teaching assistant in biodiversity and evolution (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) while working towards a PhD in environmental risk management.

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