Santa Cruz Island, Puerto Ayora

Apr 04, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

We woke up with the sunrise, anchored at Academy Bay in Puerto Ayora. We had our first excursion of the day to the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galapagos National Park area, where we visited the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and learned so much about the protection efforts for such important species of these islands.

Visiting the Trapiche Ecological farm was very entertaining; Don Adriano is such an inspiration for organic farming. To end this great day we explored the El Chato Tortoise Farm where we encountered several giant tortoises and took great pictures.

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Paola Luque


Paola was born in the major Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil, raised near the ocean and rivers. Since childhood she felt a deep connection with nature, which led her to settle in the Galapagos Archipelago in 1998, on the central island of Santa Cruz. Here she got involved in the tourism industry, with a particular interest in food and cooking.Her passion for the sea and traveling then led her to sail the world's oceans to remote destinations, working as crewmember and chef on private yachts for 5 years.

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