Santa Cruz Island

Dec 28, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

We had an exceptional day completely on land, exploring Puerto Ayora and the highlands of Santa Cruz. We began at the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park giant tortoise breeding center. Then we headed to highlands to visit El Trapiche, a farm stand where we learned about local coffee, sugar, and chocolate! Afterward, we had lunch at Manzanillo Ranch and visited giant tortoises in the wild! Our excursion ended with souvenir shopping in Puerto Ayora.

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Ixora Berdonces


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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