Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

Apr 25, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Today was a day dedicated to the most charismatic animal of the archipelago: the Galápagos giant tortoise. Early in the morning we visited the Charles Darwin Station located in the town of Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island. Here, we found the breeding center where we were able to see different species of tortoises that belong to different islands. Later in the morning, we visited a local school, a sugarcane farm, and an amazing, huge lava tube located in the highlands of Santa Cruz. In the afternoon, we moved to Rancho El Manzanillo for lunch before exploring the forests surrounding the farm and keeping our eyes peeled for some old tortoises that might be roaming around the water ponds. We ended our day on board with a great music and dance performance by some wonderful visiting musicians who shared part of the local culture.

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José Guerrero

Naturalist

José Guerrero Vela is an Ecuadorian permanent resident of the Galápagos. His mother was born in the Galápagos and his grandfather was one of the first generation of teachers there, which has always inspired him to promote education as the main path to protect the islands.  

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