Santa Cruz Island

Apr 24, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we woke up anchored in Academy Bay at the island of Santa Cruz, which is the second biggest island of the archipelago; we started our day going to the giant tortoise breeding center, Fausto LLerena. There we learned about all the different projects that are being conducted by the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Research Station to preserve this unique ecosystem. After this, a group of our guests, went to the Tomas de Berlanga School to learn a little bit more about how education works in the island, and another group went to a sugar cane farm called El Traphiche. After the visits, we had an amazing lunch up in the highlands at Aquelarre Restaurant, followed by the last expedition of the day, observing the tortoises in their natural environment on a private ranch known as El Chato.

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Roberta Schiess, Naturalist

Roberta Schiess, Naturalist

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