Santa Cruz Island, Puerto Ayora Town.

Dec 26, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today National Geographic Endeavour II visited Puerto Ayora. As the first activity of the day, we headed to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the giant tortoises conservation project. In addition, we visited Lonesome George, who died in 2012 and has been preserved with taxidermy. Then we headed to the highlands to visit a coffee farm called Trapiche, where the owners have been producing sugar for the last 40 years.

After a delicious lunch at the Aquelarre restaurant, we visited Rancho El Chato. Here we saw giant tortoises everywhere! It has been a perfect, full day in Santa Cruz Island.

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Ixora was born in the Galapagos Islands, back when the streets were made of sand and gravel. Void of TV and tablets, her childhood friends and pristine natural surroundings made for an inspiring upbringing. She was always drawn to the ocean and her local environment, with her first adventures taking place underwater, in mangrove estuaries, and perched in treetops. Not surprisingly, she was scuba diving before the age of 12 and led her first diving trips as a Dive Master in the Galapagos Marine Reserve when she was 18. 

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Liza fell in love with the ocean as a child growing up on the Ecuadorian coast. Her passion for storytelling and photography began at the age of seven, when she began filming her friends as they recreated stories from her parents' library. Liza later combined her audiovisual passion with her love for nature by majoring in Environmental Communication and Digital Animation. She began making documentary films, animations, and photographs aimed at inspiring communities to care for their natural habitats. Liza became enchanted by the Galapagos, where she first came as a student and has continued on as a volunteer for various conservation, education and arts organizations. She is now a professional conservationist and artist dedicated to inspiring and educating in small communities around Ecuador using creative audiovisual communications.

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