Nov 21, 2018 - National Geographic Islander
This morning we awoke to find – civilization! The turquoise waters of Academy Bay were full of all sorts of boats and yachts and ships. Along the shore, we saw houses and buildings, and after three days in the quiet of the outer islands, all the bustle of a town of nearly 20,000 was a surprise. In the morning, we visited the Charles Darwin Research Station. The highlight was the tortoise breeding center where several of the
Later in the highlands, we visited an open-air school and we were delighted with the happy children who gave us the tour. We entered a huge lava tunnel and then sampled coffee, chocolate, and sugar cane products on a family run farm. Lunch was served buffet style at Rancho Manzanillo and was both abundant and delicious. Afterward, we wandered among hundreds of giant tortoises as they grazed in the lush green pastures and we took a myriad of photographs. The evening was complete with a folkloric music and dance show back aboard National Geographic Islander. It has been another magical day in the
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