May 18, 2018 - National Geographic Islander
On our sixth day of the expedition, we finally encountered civilization. We awoke at Academy Bay and there were several smaller and larger ships close to us. This is the best place to see the great conservation efforts in order to preserve this unique Archipelago. The morning was spent at the giant tortoise-breeding center and our guests learned about the most successful program ran by the Galapagos National Park service. There was time to explore the cozy town of Puerto Ayora, plenty of shops are found here and the always picturesque fishermen’s market. On board of buses we went to the highlands to visit a local farm, “El trapiche”, and a lava tube. A delicious lunch was served at Rancho El Manzanillo and here our guests after lunch were delighted with a nice walk to observe Santa Cruz giant tortoises in their natural environment. It was a moment of joy and peace at heart.
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