Santa Cruz Island

Jan 16, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


At 75 degrees Fahrenheit, at 6:45 a.m. in the morning, I knew the day would be warm. Sunny skies were welcome, but at a price!

However, the day went really well despite the heat, and giant tortoises were the center of attention. Both at the Galapagos National Park Tortoise Rearing Center in the morning, and in the highlands after lunch, we spent some quality time learning about them, watching, filming, and photographing these quiet, serene animals of such fame.

Local color also comes in many forms: murals on café walls, coffee farm with hidden whale sculpture, and sugar cane products as well…it’s all Galapagos, 100%!

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Cindy Manning

Expedition Leader

Born in Lima, Peru, of North American parents, Cindy and her family subsequently lived in several South American and European countries with a couple stops in Peoria, Illinois. Cindy received a degree in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Afterwards, Cindy spent a year and a half teaching science in the Western Province of Kenya, East Africa. 

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