Feb 13, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Today we enjoyed a wonderful day of adventuring on my home island of Santa Cruz. Here our guests learned about the tremendous conservation efforts underway to preserve these pristine islands. We spent the morning visiting the giant tortoise breeding center. This was a great opportunity to learn about the most successful program ran by the Galapagos National Park. We spent the remainder of the day in the highlands, where a cooler climate and a different vegetative zone was ideal for the activities that followed, including the touring of a lava tube, a short stop by a local farm, and a great time with the giant tortoises in the wild.

Another amazing day in paradise!

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Vanessa Gallo


Vanessa Gallo’s grandparents arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1936, making her the third generation of her family to live and work in this magical archipelago. She left the islands for the capital city of Quito for high school, where she discovered that learning foreign languages was one of her main interests. Coming from a family of naturalist guides, it was not a surprise that she also became one at the age of 17. Vanessa left the islands once again for Switzerland, where she earned a diploma in tourism and strengthened her language skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She has also travelled extensively to destinations including as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, the Canary Islands, Mauritius, and many European countries.

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