Santa Cruz Highlands and Bachas Beach
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 29 Jun 2021

Santa Cruz Highlands and Bachas Beach, 6/29/2021, National Geographic Endeavour II

  • Aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II
  • Galápagos

Santa Cruz Island has one of the largest populations of giant tortoises in Galapagos, and this visitor site is one of the best places to see them. These giants migrate from highlands to lowlands for nesting.

To help preserve the species, conservationists collect the eggs to incubate and care for the babies for a few years before releasing them back in the wild from where they were collected as eggs. In the near future, we will have enough giant tortoises in the wild and it will be the time to shut down the breeding program. It was a very ambitious program, and we are very excited to get the job done.

Santa Cruz also has white sand beaches, brackish lagoons, and amazing geological formations. It was a full day of activity but very gratifying.

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