Today we woke up by the coast off San Cristobal, one of the oldest islands of the Galapagos. After breakfast, we had a Zodiac ride along the shore and then disembarked to visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center in the highlands.
In the afternoon, we hiked Tijeretas Hill and spotted the San Cristobal mockingbird, one of four species of mockingbirds found in the Galapagos. We also talked about the ecology of dry forests and the adaptations made by different species of trees in order to survive the dry months. At the top of Tijeretas Hill we enjoyed a spectacular coastal view of San Cristobal Island.
We ended our day with an amazing performance by local artists on board National Geographic Islander, as guests enjoyed traditional dance and music from Ecuador.