Santa Cruz “Indefatigable Island”

Jul 03, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos Archipelago. Considered a geologically middle-aged island, its coastline has given way to wide harbors and long sandy beaches. Its southern shore is home to Puerto Ayora, the largest human settlement on the islands and where Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Station Headquarters are located. We visited the town and the Giant Tortoise Rearing Center during the morning, and a small family run farm on our way to lunch in the highlands. During the afternoon we visited a giant tortoise reserve before heading back to shore.

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Benjamin Ayala


Ben is a German-Ecuadorian naturalist guide who grew up on San Cristobal, the eastern-most island of the Galápagos Archipelago, home to the political capital of the province.

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Andrick Deppmeyer

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Video chronicler Andrick was born in New Hampshire. Raised just a few hundred yards from the local ski hill, he was exposed to nature and wildlife from a very young age. 

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