Santa Cruz Island - Dragon Hill

Jun 20, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


This morning the National Geographic Endeavour II anchored at the northern point of Santa Cruz Island, where we started our day with a nice hike to look for land iguanas. After this activity, we got ready to explore an islet, doing some snorkeling surrounded by marine life.

Back onboard for lunch, we were treated to a traditional Ecuadorian buffet, where we learned to eat ceviche as the locals do.  Afterwards, we had the opportunity to do some kayaking around the area, allowing us to spot many pelicans, blue-footed boobies, lava gulls, and more.  After dinner, the sky was clear and not over cast, so we had perfect conditions to see the constellations in the sky and sharks in the water!

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Ixora Berdonces

Naturalist

Ixora was born in the Galapagos Islands, back when the streets were made of sand and gravel. Void of TV and tablets, her childhood friends and pristine natural surroundings made for an inspiring upbringing. She was always drawn to the ocean and her local environment, with her first adventures taking place underwater, in mangrove estuaries, and perched in treetops. Not surprisingly, she was scuba diving before the age of 12 and led her first diving trips as a Dive Master in the Galapagos Marine Reserve when she was 18. 

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