Tortoise Breeding Center / Highlands

Feb 12, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today National Geographic Endeavour II arrived at Academy Bay on the southern end of Santa Cruz Island. We stayed on Santa Cruz Island for most of the day. For the first half of the morning, we went to the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, and for the second half of the day we made a brief stop at a local farm. This was a great opportunity to observe how coffee and alcohol are processed in an artisanal way.

After lunch, we went to El Chato 2, a protected area where we looked for Galapagos giant tortoises in their natural environment. We had the chance to explore a lava tunnel and learn more about the geology of the Galapagos Islands.

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Gilda Gonzalez


Gilda was born in Ambato, located in the very heart of the Ecuadorian Andes. Since she was a child, she loved animals, often rescuing street cats and dogs. Her parents always made sure there were nature books and plenty of Jacques Cousteau’s videos at home. She graduated from high school with a degree in chemistry and biology. Afterwards, Gilda obtained a B.A. in tourism and hotel management in Quito. She also studied English, French and German, later spending two months in Brussels, Belgium.

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