Santa Cruz Island

Oct 23, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today was tortoise day for our guests of National Geographic Endeavour II. This morning when we woke up, we looked through our window and saw the town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. It has a population of around 20,000 people and is home to the Charles Darwin Foundation and Tortoise Breeding Center.

Our day began with a visit to the Tortoise Breeding Center, where we learned about the different conservation projects happening in the Galapagos. The morning continued with two excursion options: a visit to a local school for some of our guests, while others chose to go see a family owned sugar cane farm. In the afternoon, we went further up into the highlands to see the tortoises in their natural habitat.

Every day is different and wonderful in the Galapagos Islands, and today was definitely one of the highlights of the trip!

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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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