Santa Cruz Island

James Napoli, Video Chronicler, November 2019

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 15 Nov 2019

Santa Cruz Island

  • Aboard the National Geographic Islander
  • Galápagos

Today we visited Santa Cruz Island, and in the morning, we went to the giant tortoise breeding center, where it was feeding time. The giant tortoises were restless as they were anticipating the lush green leaves that were finally brought to the feeding platforms. Our guests learned a lot about the conservation efforts in order to reestablish the numbers of the emblematic animals of the Galapagos Archipelago. Then there was time to spend in the cozy town of Puerto Ayora and help the local economy. We boarded the buses and headed to the Highlands; the first stop was at the lava tube and then we paid a visit to a local farm, known as El Trapiche, where they grow sugar cane and coffee among other produce. It was fun to try the moonshine and a good cup of coffee. After lunch at Rancho El Manzanillo we all enjoyed a walk among the Santa Cruz giant tortoises, where every guest was able to have a one-to-one, as there were so many tortoises up there.

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