Cerro Dragon and Eden

Feb 13, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today National Geographic Endeavour II visited Cerro Dragon, located in the northern part of Santa Cruz Island, and home to one of the largest colonies of land iguanas. During our hike, we spotted many of them engaging in different behaviors. Some of them were eating the vegetation around, and others were trying to entice females with the zig/zag head movement that they do, to impress the ladies and delineate their territory. When we returned to the ship, an Ecuadorian buffet lunch was set up in the dining room. We started with the traditional ceviche and ended up with tres leches dessert!

Zodiac rides and snorkeling were offered for our afternoon activities today. Wildlife was all over the place, including spotted eagle rays, sharks, blue-footed boobies, great blue herons, marine iguanas and hundreds of other animals. It was a fascinating afternoon, reminding us of why the Galapagos archipelago is so special.

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About the Author

Ixora Berdonces

Naturalist

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. 

About the Videographer

Steve Ewing

Video Chronicler

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Steve fell in love with the beauty of the natural world at an early age. In addition to nature, his other main passion was telling stories though the medium of television and radio. Steve studied broadcast journalism at the University of Oregon. There, he learned how to shoot, edit, and report compelling stories using digital video.

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