Santa Cruz Island

Jul 12, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

This morning we woke up anchored in Academy Bay on the southern side of Santa Cruz Island. Our first stop was the Charles Darwin Research Station where we learned about the captive breeding program of giant tortoises. We then had a couple of hours to explore Puerto Ayora, the biggest settlement of the Galapagos Archipelago. Our guests had many options such as shopping, wandering amongst the locals, visiting an angler’s market, traveling to a private school in the highlands, walking through a lava tunnel and/or seeing how coffee and sugar cane is grown and processed.

For lunch we went to a restaurant next to a tortoise reserve and walked alongside these giant herbivores. It was a tranquil moment with scenery that took you back in time. As a final touch to our active day, we had musicians, and dancing onboard National Geographic Islander.

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Fabian Bucheli


Fabian Bucheli studied at the German School in Quito, graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of science in administration, and earned a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He has studied in Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria and is fluent in German, French, English, and Spanish. He has always been in love with nature and conservation. Explaining abstract concepts became second nature as a teaching assistant in biodiversity and evolution (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) while working towards a PhD in environmental risk management.

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