Santa Cruz

Jun 19, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Arriving to the large island of Santa Cruz, we observed that a heavy mist referred to as garua was hanging over the island. As we approached we could see the lush vegetation that covers this island, very different in comparison with the arid coastal areas previously encountered during this expedition. Masses of Darwin finches flit about with the Galapagos mockingbird lyrically declaring its territory. The temperature becomes cooler as we gain altitude and search for giant tortoises in the mist, with all apparently surprised at this steep contrast of environments and habitats that occupy these enchanted islands.

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Jason Heilmann

Expedition Leader

Growing up in northern California, Jason was surrounded by the incomparable nature of the Pacific Northwest. While attending university there, Jason met and eventually married an Ecuadorian woman who happened to be from a small group of islands off the coast of western South America. It was thus that Jason’s path led him to Ecuador and, in time, to one of the most revered natural environments on earth, the Galápagos Islands.

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