Tortoises Breeding Center and Highlands

Jul 25, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Santa Cruz Island has the largest human population in the archipelago and offers one of the best chances to see Galapagos giant tortoises. During the morning, we went to the tortoise breeding center, and afterwards local buses took us to the highlands to a family-owned farm.

After a short bus ride, we arrived at Aquelarre restaurant for lunch, and from there we headed towards another local farm, which is open to anybody who wanted to find Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild. This farm is located along the boundaries of the tortoise reserve, and while exploring the place we found several giant tortoises feeding, sleeping, walking and even a couple seeming ready to mate.

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Gilda Gonzalez

Naturalist

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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