Cerro Dragon

Feb 26, 2020 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we woke up on the untouchable side of Santa Cruz Island, Cerro Dragon. This visitor’s site is known for a population of yellow land iguanas that live and nest in this territory. No humans are allowed to live in this area, so visiting it provides a wonderful, different view of the island of Santa Cruz. In the morning, we hiked along Cerro Dragon where we looked for iguanas and land birds, followed by a breathtaking snorkeling outing in a group of islets called Guy Fawkes.

In the afternoon, we continued our water activities with kayaking and paddleboarding in the beautiful mangrove ecosystem of the western side of Santa Cruz. We also went on a fantastic Zodiac ride, where we spotted blue-footed boobies dancing, iguanas climbing cliffs, and sea lions resting.

This beautiful day ended with a sunset navigation around Daphne Major, which was the location of the natural laboratory of Rose Mary and Peter Grant, who together made a great discovery about the speed of evolution by studying finches. Today has really been another magical day in paradise!

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Gianna Haro

Naturalist

Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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Anahí Concari

Naturalist

Anahí grew up in a small house by the beach in the Galápagos Islands. Along with her best friend, she used to wander during the days around mangrove trees, becoming a different animal every day. She used to camp on solitary beaches, snorkel with sharks, dive with her uncle, a local dive instructor, and sail around the islands with her free spirit neighbors, learning about nature with her own hands, eyes and ears.  

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