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

Cindy was raised in a family that was fortunate enough to live in many different countries across the globe. During her formative years, she counted Latin America and Europe as home, with periods in-between living in Illinois and Indiana, where she attended Earlham College.

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