Cerro Dragon and Eden Islet

Jul 17, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Last night we left the southern realm of Santa Cruz Island and navigated to the northern region of the same island. We arrived early this morning and after breakfast, we boarded our Zodiacs and headed ashore to explore Cerro Dragon. At this site we found several Galapagos land iguanas, Galapagos mockingbirds, and Darwin finches. We also snorkeled and swam from Zodiacs and from a nearby beach, and had a great time observing marine life.

After lunch, we went to Eden Islet and had a great sunny afternoon. Around the area, some of our guests went kayaking, paddle-boarding or exploring the coast from our Zodiacs. In the late afternoon, we had a navigation to observe Daphne Major Islet; for many years, this has been a very important study site on Darwin Finches by Peter and Rosemary Grant. At the end of the day, we had an outstanding sunset.

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Gilda Gonzalez

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Gilda was born in Ambato, located in the very heart of the Ecuadorian Andes. Since she was a child, she loved animals, often rescuing street cats and dogs. Her parents always made sure there were nature books and plenty of Jacques Cousteau’s videos at home. She graduated from high school with a degree in chemistry and biology. Afterwards, Gilda obtained a B.A. in tourism and hotel management in Quito. She also studied English, French and German, later spending two months in Brussels, Belgium.

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