Dec 18, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II
Today was an interesting and beautiful cloudy day in Santa Cruz, the second largest island in the Galapagos. Our day started after an energizing breakfast, our guests left the boat ready to spent the day on the island. First, we went to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where we learned about all the different projects and efforts that are being done by the Galapagos National Park to preserve this unique ecosystem. We saw the two different morphotypes of the giant tortoises: the dome-shaped ones and the saddlebacks. The saddlebacks are unique in the world and you can only find them here in the islands—the name comes from the word “
Later some guests decided to go to the Tomás de Berlanga School to learn about how fun it can be to study here in Santa Cruz, and the other half went to the sugar cane farm known as El Trapiche, a traditional family business from Don Adriano.
We had a delicious lunch at Aquelarre, a restaurant owned by a Chilean couple that came to the islands more than 30 years ago, followed by watching the giant tortoises in the wild at El Chato 2, a private ranch where you can watch these giants resting peacefully. Most of the females by this time of the year have left already to nest in the lowlands of Santa Cruz, a trip they have to take every year. We were lucky today to find dozens of giant males who were enjoying their new discovery, the guava fruit. We went back to the boat around 6:00 pm, what a wonderful day we had in Santa Cruz!
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