Dec 04, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II
It was another wonderful day here on our Galapagos expedition! Following breakfast, we took our Zodiacs to the town of Puerto Ayora and headed to the Charles Darwin Research Station. For decades, the research station has been doing incredible conservation work encompassing both the marine and terrestrial environments of the Galapagos. We spent most of our time visiting the tortoises, which are being bred to increase the wild population. Eggs are incubated at specific temperatures (temperatures dictate whether the baby tortoises are male or female) and the young tortoises spend several years in captivity before being released to their native islands. We paid homage to "Lonesome George," a deceased tortoise of international recognition who has been placed on display as the last of his species.
We strolled the streets of
The afternoon was devoted to wild tortoise adoration. After plunging into the depths of a lava tube, we surfaced on the other end to spend a few hours wandering a network of trails. Many tortoises dotted the landscape – too many to count – and there were ample opportunities for photographers. iPhone users enjoyed shooting time-lapses, making the tortoises appear to race around at high velocity. A handful of Galapagos flycatchers entertained photographers by landing on their lenses and flying between cameras.
For the evening, we were visited by local artisans, musicians, and dancers. Another great day!
Join us for updates, insider reports & special offers.