Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz Island

May 23, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today we visited the National Park side of Santa Cruz Island, one of the only islands in the archipelago that is inhabited. Out of the total Galapagos landmass, three percent of the land has been assigned to humans, while the other 97% is all National Park. This morning we landed on Dragon Hill, where we looked for yellow land iguanas, the stars of the show today. We went on a wonderful hike where we experienced close encounters with land iguanas, and lots of action due to territorialism. As we walked along this untouched trail, it was amazing to think that we were walking on an island that is inhabited by humans, yet so well-protected. After the wonderful walk on Dragon Hill, we headed to the ocean for some snorkeling, where we spotted sea lions, sea turtles, and many different species of fish. The rest of the day was spent navigating around Daphne Major and Minor islands, ending with a beautiful sunset and some wine tasting. Another magical day in the Enchanted Islands!

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Gianna Haro


Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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