Santa Cruz Island

Nov 14, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Santa Cruz is the second largest island of the Galapagos Archipelago and the economic capital, where the two most famous institutions are located: the Galapagos National Park Headquarters and the Charles Darwin Research Station. In the morning, we visited the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, where we saw tortoises in a variety of life stages, from baby to adult. In the afternoon, we went to the highlands to search Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild. Both visits are very important to a full understanding of the natural behavior of these animals.

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Karen Ascensio


Karen was born on the island of Santa Cruz, at the heart of the Galapagos Archipelago, and spent her entire childhood there, only leaving to go to university at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in the Andean capital of Ecuador. Here she got a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, concentrating mainly on the field of Applied Ecology. The first time she entered the sea she was just 3 months old and has been captivated by the ocean ever since. She is now a PADI dive instructor and works as both Naturalist Guide and Marine Reserve dive guide for the Galapagos National Park Service, all around the archipelago.

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